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Reboot & Haiku

Peeks in head, sheepish
floundering, drowning, should I
make poems again

The daily experiment went about as well as I expected. I'm not particularly good at that. I gave up entirely and fell off the poetry wagon, but lately I've been feeling the pull once again.

So I'm going to try to give it another go and immerse myself in poetry for a whole year. I'll worry less about daily posting and more on learning and filling my creative well. Posting access is completely open, so please feel free to start discussions. I'd still like to keep personal poetry to a weekly share post.

Here's an interesting article I found on haiku. I love haiku! Are you a 5-7-5 purist or more of the 'captured moment' thing they describe. I have to admit that I'm a purist. Much like how I'm a 100-word drabble purist, I think that the strictures of the form are part of its purpose/word crafting.

World's largest gathering of haiku devotees

Day 53: How These 5 Poets Stand Out

Here's a blog post with a list of interesting poet sites. I haven't actually looked at the sites, but I'm leaving this up so I can explore them in the next day or two. I don't actually follow any poetry blogs, tending toward magazines and books, so I think they're worth taking a look.


Day 52: Kids' poetry books

I did some online shopping tonight for my 3 year old niece's birthday next week, and without really meaning to, I picked out all poetry books. I haven't actually read these, but the descriptions and comments won me over. They look pretty good.

Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons

Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey

Dr. Seuss's Happy Birthday To You (pop up)

What are your favorite poetry books for kids?


Day 51: Monty Python

Getting in late, so just a quick funny tonight.


Day 50: Sunday Share Post

We haven't had a share post in far too long! Please share a poem, either yours or one you love.

Since today is Easter, I searched for an Easter poem to share. I found Easter, 1916 by William Butler Yeats, which I have never read before. I'll include the text behind a cut, since it's rather long.

I read it and thought, "Gee, this doesn't seem very Easter-y...", but a quick Google took me to the wiki page, which explains that it was written about an Irish rebellion.

Easter, 1916Collapse )

Day 49: Inmates' poetry

Eek! It's after midnight here! Well, I was gone all day and only just got home, so pretend I made it in time. Here's an article that I enjoyed:

How Poetry Alters Prison Inmates' Minds, Hearts, Hopes And Lives


Day 48: Feminist Poems

Hello again! I am back, keeping posting access open, and have recruited a few more friends. Hopefully I can get back on track with daily posts now. I found this link and thought it looked like the start of something awesome:

Celebrate National Poetry Month with One Feminist Poem a Day

Admin Note

Hi, all! I am currently at a writers' conference out of town and not so on top of daily posting. I've temporarily (but maybe for good?) opened posting access, so by all means, please jump in and help pick up my slack! lol

Just a reminder: we primarily want poetry resources, but sharing published works or a once a week personal share post is fine. There are many groups with original poems posted one after another, so we'd like to focus more on learning, craft, and the business of poetry over just a personal share group. However, if that's something you're looking for, I also maintain a mostly-share group on facebook, Poets' Corner.

Have a great weekend, and I'll be back soon!

Day 47: Our Generation

calico_pye shared a neat poem (and some backstory) here at her journal. I'll include the poem itself since it's fairly short:

Our generation will be known for nothing.
Never will anybody say,
We were the peak of mankind.
That is wrong, the truth is
Our generation was a failure.
Thinking that
We actually succeeded
Is a waste. And we know
Living only for money and power
Is the way to go.
Being loving, respectful, and kind
Is a dumb thing to do.
Forgetting about that time,
Will not be easy, but we will try.
Changing our world for the better
Is something we never did.
Giving up
Was how we handled our problems.
Working hard
Was a joke.
We knew that
People thought we couldn’t come back
That might be true,
Unless we turn things around

(Now, reread from bottom to top)