Your Life Is Poetry #NPM17

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I am pretty excited that it is April 1 and that is no joke! Let the games begin, or more accurately, let the poetry flow. Because if you are a poet, a wanna-be-poet, a writer who wants to work their writerly  muscles in new ways, or someone who loves poetry, this is a magical month for you. It’s National Poetry Month and National Poetry Writing Month and let me tell you why you want to know.

 

First, a confession…

I’m not well versed in poetry. No, really. I mean, I have a lot to learn, and I’m not exactly a poetry expert. Heck, I’m barely a poet. I’m a poet by default. What I mean by that is, words come to me, they tend to swirl around my head. Sometimes they literally pour out of me. I am still trying to figure out what to do with that. Which is why, this is such a great month! It’s a month of poetry exploration. On steroids!

Another confession, I am just starting to read poetry. Yup, it’s true, I have written poetry  more than I have read poetry. Because, as I said, I don’t go looking for those words, they find me. Like a stray dog you can’t shake, poetry has found me , and I in turn  am found in its expression  through me. We are like two strays clinging to one another. I don’t want to shake it, and it doesn’t seem to want to shake me.

Which is why we stray dogs are getting groomed.

If I haven’t lost you completely yet, I am saying this: I am a happy, teachable student looking forward to discovering and stretching myself this month with many events and opportunities both locally and online.

Do I feel completely out of my league? Absolutely!

I’ve set myself up well for the #NPM17 (check out 30 Ways to Celebrate to start), and will be sharing my love for poetry and how I facilitate  it in my own life. You could say poetry is personal for me. But, you know what?

I believe poetry is personal for you too. I also believe that poetry is for EVERYONE, not just for intellectuals, not just for the elite, not only for those with formal education, political connections, or wealthy relatives.

I believe poetry is for everyone, and everyday.

It is an elixir for common and extraordinary folks alike.

Although I am participating in NaPoMo2017  I will not be regularly sharing my writing here, but in a journal. I spent last night and some of this morning learning about and exploring the early bird prompt, the poetic form called a Haibun,  a mix of poetry and prose. Which sounds great in theory, but was a vigorous and painful effort in my opinion. I enjoyed it- the way an athlete enjoys getting back to the gym after a long break. There is pleasure in the pain.

I will share my journey (and journal) and all things poetry this month through my Social Media Feeds as time allows, primarily You Tube, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

You can read a sampling of my poetry here: Writing {is} Life : Poetry 

I will be part of a local Author’s Showcase on April 22nd at Peacedale Library and reading a poem I wrote for this local Anthology available on Amazon.

 

Join me this month and we will discover new poets to enjoy, new poetry forms to try, and new ways to see the world, others, ourselves. Because, ultimately- that’s what poetry is all about. 

Are you celebrating National Poetry Month?  If so, how? If not, why not? I will be sharing  some of my journaling poetry process, I hope that  you will join me!

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lynn__
    Apr 02, 2017 @ 22:59:00

    I have participated the last two years in NaPoWriMo…great exercise. I’m gonna “pass” this year as my youngest son graduates May 5 and we have a party to plan!

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