Hypnotized by Bright Objects: National Poetry Month 2011

Once again, it is my favorite cruelest month: National Poetry Month.  For the month of April, we poetry lovers celebrate all things poetic.  Once again, I will be attempting to produce a poem a day over at my poetry blog: http://andreazellner.tumblr.com.

Additionally, a few of us over on the twitters have pledged to participate as a community. We are using the hashtag #poemaday.  I’d love it if you posted your poems, drafts, intentions and tweeted out what you can.  Tag all blog posts and tweets with #poemaday so we can find and support you.

My friend Bud has pledged to post prompts every day over at his blog: http://budtheteacher.com.

Also, here is the information from the American Academy of Poets for National Poetry Month: http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/41

Anything else I should add? Leave suggestions, ideas, or pledges to participate in the comments.  See you in April!

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Twitter Haiku Challenge: The First Week

Well, so far, so good.  I’ve managed a haiku everyday.  Here are the fruits of my first week’s labors (even though it wasn’t a full week…).  The Twaikus from Week 1 of National Poetry Month:

the horizon is/no longer fixed, in flight/a breeze leads astray

the robin sits, king/against the early green shoots/his, this patch of earth

whispers in blossoms/sweet words brush gentle, lips part/eyes close against sun

branches twist awkward/gives voice to wind, howling/your absence haunting

April brings late snow/blankets awakening earth/tender buds in ice

I am happier with some than with others…what can I say?  A poem a day doesn’t leave a lot of time for revision.

National Poetry Month Twitter Challenge

In a moment of inspiration, I thought it would be fun to use twitter to challenge myself to a daily poem every day of April, National Poetry Month. The form immediately became a problem since twitter only allows 140 characters.  And so I decided on a daily haiku.  I’ve added my twitter widget to the right side of the blog for those who would like to follow my progress.  There are a number of other folks who will be doing this as well, since this is also National Poetry Writing Month.  On twitter, the tags are #npm and #napowrimo.

I plan to post my weekly haikus on Friday on this blog, for those who refuse to be part of twitter (I understand…it does sometimes feel a little too self-involved to be a twitter user.  But I swear I use it for my personal learning network most of the time!).

My first twitter-ku was a harder than expected to post since it has been a long time since I’ve shared anything creative in a long, long time. It seems I feel a little foolish here in April:

Spring is violent

like all miracles it scars

ice torn reveals earth