And we are back! Over the last few months I’ve been trying to finalize what I call my ABC project. Those who have been here a lot know I wrote a bunch of abcedarian poems. Within that project I was also trying to write a poem for each letter of the alphabet that touched on a form or a literary term with that letter. I’ve had quite a few blah poems from this project, but it has been fun. Now I only have about three more I want to try. I had four before the one below. It is a pantoum which I have worked in before. Working in forms is difficult sometimes, but it can open you up to new things. If you don’t know the pantoum try to see if you can find the patterns. Feel free to discuss how the form does or does not work.
–and now I will work on the poem away…
As always I’ll take down my poem and any work anyone posts in comments a week from today. I am hoping to continue the Thursday Poem Share even after the first of the year when I will start offering some online workshops as well as for pay critique (of manuscript etc) services. I’ll have more details on that before the end of the year. If there are specific topics (thinking 5 week courses that will cost $10-$20 a week) you would like covered in one of these workshops or other services you’d like to see me offer. For sure I am going to offer a poetry manuscript reading.
This week I managed to submit a set of poems I had revised and a copy of my third manuscript. I’ve also had a few rejections so back to the drawing board on those!
In poetry reading I have to give a shout out to Jessica Graustein who sent Mark DeCarteret’s chapbook The Great Apology my way, and another BIG shout out to one of my former grad school teachers, Alan Michael Parker, whose collection Long Division is wonderful and has wonderful won a NC Poetry Award. Awesome.
On the sort of, not poetry, but poetic side, I went to see Life of Pi last weekend and is gorgeous. I absolutely loved that book. Think I should get the graphic novel version to read now. Also finally saw The Artist because it came on Netflix. I liked its poetic style as well, but I don’t think I was in love with it as much as everyone else. Too much hype?
And now, it is your turn to share your artistic endeavors