so I am participating at NaPoWriMo at Poets.org, where my friend, Catherine Rogers, moderates a forum.
I've gotten another friend/former student involved. It's similar to NaNoWriMo--but for NaPo, the object is to write a poem a day. I'm hoping it forces me to get back into the poetry-writing habit that I abandoned a while ago.
I used to write poetry all the time--and I do mean that! I've had poems published, and I received a fellowship for my poetry. But, after I read and/or grade 60-70 essays or other writing assignments, I don't feel poetic. By the time I finish grading papers, I feel like Eliza Doolittle in "My Fair Lady"--"Words, words, words--I'm so sick of words."
Just so my students don't go into a blue funk, let me say that not everything I read is awful. It's just that, after my brain processes all those words, it has trouble finding more. I have to decompress; then I have to begin grading again. It's a never-ending cycle.
So far, so good...I've posted two poems. I wrote them a few weeks ago, but I've been revising them. As long as they're still "in play," I think of them as current. And today I've written a couple of poems that need work, so I'll use those when I'm ready for someone to see them.
Ah, one must have these little challenges!