Poetry Month Is Almost Here Again.
The Time Is Nigh
This is just a short hub letting my friends and followers know that I am taking the Poetry Month Challenge and writing a poem or poetry related hub every day for the month of April.
Every year going on three years I have taken part in a Poetry Month Challenge where I try to write a poem a day for thirty days.
I usually only make it about 27 days into the month but that is of no consequence. I am trying again this year and I have many ideas and plans.
My excitement level is at an all time high and I can hardly hold my anxiety. Who would have thought that April would have such an effect on me.
The First Year
The first year I took the challenge I decided to use the challenge as a way to familiarize myself with many different forms.
I centered most of my poetry around chores around the house and taking care of my children and included a few confessional type poems and science poems.
The beauty of this first Poetry Month was how much my knowledge of poetry grew and how much more confident I was with my poetry.
In reading books about meter and form I kept going back to my Paul Fussell book, an essay I am using for my first poetry month entry this year, and read about how writing limericks and sonnets was a great practice in the use of meter.
So I started writing sonnets and limericks and grew with every one written. Once your mind picks up the rhythm of the song it holds on tight, it is amazing what is achieved by this practice.
The Second Year
While I was writing sonnets and limericks I was falling deeply in love with W.H. Auden. My mom bought me his collected poems for my birthday and I began to read them.
What wonders in Auden. He said that to him falling upon a rarely used metrical device within a poem was more exciting than incredible content. Not that he believed in bad content but he put more emphasis on form than content.
I found that I was a similar poet. I found I loved form and consider myself a formal poet. Not an outdated poet or a poet who refuses to write any confessional free verse, I have plenty free verse poems, but a poet who loves rhythm and meter.
I wrote more Haiku than normal during this poetry month and I added a new practice to my writing regiment. Where sonnets and limericks kept informing me of meter and rhythm, Haiku helped me become comfortable with my words and ideas.
Haiku is this wonderful syllabic tool to help find the shortest way to convey what I need to say.
I am going at this year with a little more in mind. I want to include essays on the act of writing poetry and everything I find interesting in the poetry world.
I hope to have a few good hubs intermixed with my poetry. Hopefully I can make it through the challenge and achieve my goal of thirty hubs.
I realize that since I am producing these hubs quickly they may not be the greatest quality and I apologize in advance. I will go back and make any changes later, after the challenge, if need be.
I get very anxious and determined during poetry month and so my reading of my friends and followers falls behind. This is even worse for me since I can hardly find the time to keep up as is. Hopefully my followers understand and realize that I will be coming back to read as much as I can when I can.
I hope that what I create will entertain and not be too boring.
Here on Hubpages!
There are some incredible poets here on Hubpages and I am grateful to be a part of such a family of writers.
I hope that many of you decide to join me this month and publish as many poems as you can. Let us fill the world with poetry in the month of April. Let us show everyone the power of our words.
I will keep an eye out for all of you and I hope that your April is as exciting as mine. Please feel free to comment on my poetry I will respond. Let me know whether you liked it or not, be critical, I will not be upset at all but thankful.
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"The name is Bill Burroughs. I am a writer. Let me tell you a few things about my job, what an assignment is like." William S. Burrough from The Adding Machine.
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