Poetry, process, progress.

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When the Poem Goes Where You Don’t Go

When the Poem Goes Where You Don’t Go

It is day 11 of the February 30/30 Project, and I have eleven poems up at the Tupelo site. I’m feeling pretty successful, a feeling that will fade after dinner tonight when I must face the fact that I have to write a poem again […]

Subject Matters

Subject Matters

  My Intro to Poetry students are doing thirteen poems this summer, not all of them being included in the end-of-semester portfolio, but still–I can see how the sheer number of poems could lead to anxiety.

Sometimes things happen: April and the NaBloPoMo challenge

Sometimes things happen: April and the NaBloPoMo challenge

It is hard to predict why some Aprils work and others don’t. One of my best years for the April Poetry Challenge was the year my mother died, although I did not know that then. What I did know was that she was taking almost […]

PAD Challenge Progress Report

PAD Challenge Progress Report

I am sharing my poem-a-day posts with a few people who asked for the password on Facebook, but this has been an unusual month. Today’s poem made it clear that the new cluster of poems I’ve been writing means that I will want some of […]

Day 9 process

Day 9 process

Today I did my poem for the Contemporary Verse 2 2-day poem contest. They pick ten fairly tough words and ask that you put them all in your poem. The rules are exacting–no plurals or tense changes, no jamming them in the title, no playing […]

PAD Challenge: Ekphrastic poem

PAD Challenge: Ekphrastic poem

For those who do not choose to contact me for the password for the poems, the April 6 poem is an ekphrastic poem based on digital art by Svetlana Petrova of her cat Zarathustra in Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks.” You can see more of her art […]

The Long View

The Long View

I’ve been thinking a lot about process, mainly because of my Poem-a-Day project this year. I’ve been shifting strategies as I go along, sometimes using the prompts book, sometimes taking an older draft that badly need revision, sometimes writing what comes out when pressed to […]

Last process post for a while

Last process post for a while

Day nine and I’m still drafting daily. These process posts are going to stop though because it seems that my processĀ is not that intricate. I think of something , maybe an image, ruminate, tell myself I can’t do it, then try anyway until it’s done. […]

How to grow a poet

How to grow a poet

In my other, more academic life, I teach some graduate courses within rhetoric and composition with this semester’s offering being “Literacy Theory and Composition.” My students just completed their family literacy reports and I would like to do one too, one that traces a specific […]

Dual blogging, dual life

Dual blogging, dual life

This is post one for my newest site, one that is centered on me as a creative writer. It’s called This Poet’s Life since that is where I started as a writer and is the writing that most consistently happens for me. Believe me, if […]