Yesterday was the final day of National Poetry Writing Month 2019.
For the most part, I was successful. There was only one prompt I failed to come up with a poem for, and one day I combined the two prompts for a single poem; consequently, the final tally was 58 poems. That takes care of the quantity.
So, how did I do otherwise? I like Chris Jarmick’s assessment: Some excellent work. Some worthwhile failures. In fact, I’m setting aside worthwhile failures as a future book title.
My own assessment is mixed. I felt either boxed in or uninspired by many of the prompts; those poems suffered accordingly. To use a well-worn sports metaphor, my batting average was much lower this year. My Day 9 poem, where every line begins When I think about love, even makes me cringe a little. I think my Day 6 poem, about the word if, turned out the best. The rest fall somewhere in between.
Though I will continue to be posting new poems more or less daily in the meantime, I will be doing this again on a greatly condensed timetable very soon: the 2019 Poetry Marathon is coming up on June 22nd. Plenty of time for me to decide whether to stick with the half-marathon (12 poems in 12 hours) or go for the full marathon (24 poems in 24 hours) this time…
Thanks for following along.
(1 May 2019)
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