I love poetry so I am very excited to spend April indulging in poetic pursuits. Each week I am going to choose a poet to read. The poets I will be choosing will all be Canadian because home base seemed like a good place to start. I haven’t finalized who will make the list each week yet but Lorna Crozier, Michael Ondaatje, and Joy Kogawa are long standing faves of mine so there is a good chance one or all will make the cut:) Also I am curious about spoken word poetry. I’ve heard to check out Sabrina Benaim and Shane Koyczan’s poetry so we’ll see who I can find and who grabs my interest…
Organize my previously written poetry. I’m going to try separating pieces I have previously written into three sections: 1) Finished Poems, 2) Poems in Progress, and 3) Poetic Snippets. Hopefully I find my writing box sooner rather than later while unpacking…
Do one creative thing daily. Minimum of 15 minutes drawing, writing, experimenting.
Keep a one sentence journal and affirmation book.
Go to bed at a reasonable hour.
Exercise three times per week doing exercises I enjoy.
Write a quick poem daily. Use internet site prompts or make my own. Robert Lee Brewer hosts a Poem A Day (PAD) challenge on his blog in April hence the choice of this month for a poetry focus. I’ve done this before and literally put aside ten to fifteen minutes to write something from the prompt. I’m not aiming for a polished piece. It’s just about getting my brain in a poetic frame of mind.
Focus on a poet a week. Read a poetry book by a different poet each week. TBA on the official line up when I get a chance to go to a library or bookstore this week:)
It will be interesting to see how moving in to our new place next week impacts how this month goes creatively. Trying to keep being creative a priority regardless of other life events is tricky for sure, but I do find carving out that creative me time means a more grounded, happy mama. Fingers crossed…