Tomorrow begins another month of poem-writing mania - and festivities (if you live in Miami, check out O, Miami’s many fun poetry-related adventures). Alas, for me, it’s mostly just about the writing.
Before we begin a month of sonnets, haikus and whatnots, here are a few guidelines to keep in mind:
*These poems are VERY rough drafts. Sometimes they're embarrassingly bad, sometimes less so. Sometimes they hit the mark, sometimes they’re very far off. You’ll see the good, the bad and the ugly - and, maybe, just maybe, a home run.
**About the poems…who’s the speaker? (A note about persona.) Sometimes I write from my point of view, sometimes (most times) I write from another. Think of a writer as an actor: every time I sit down to write, I put on a new skin and I write from that vantage point. It’s a bit confusing, especially with poems because they are so intimate. The takeaway: writers make stuff up all the time - even (and maybe especially so) the stuff that happens in poems.
So, thanks for reading all these made-up, raggedy poems. I’ll work hard - and hopefully I’ll write something worth reading. Thanks for visiting and for giving me that chance.
Happy National Poetry Month, everyone!