Sunday, April 8, 2012
National Poetry Month
It's National Poetry Month, the one time of year there is a common recognition that the stuff exists, it seems. Every day in my email box I am getting various and sundry poems by poets from all periods on all subjects, and I am, as usual, enjoying it. It goes along with my new attendance at open mics and readings, one a week, so far. But I have not been able to settle down and turn out one poem a day, like so many of the people at the readings I've attended. Or maybe they are only saying they are doing that... I should sit down and see what happens! It just doesn't seem to work that way with me most of the time. I need to get something--a word, a metaphor, a story, an image, stuck in my head, in my ear, and that starts me off. Without that, it's pointless. Prompts do work for me though. Any suggestions?