2019 Poetry Marathon: My half-marathon recap

Originally posted here.

Another year’s half marathon come and gone. As I often point out, I prefer to do the half marathon because I like to sleep; consequently doing the full 24-hour marathon simply wouldn’t work for me, as it would take me at least a couple of days to get back to normal. Continue reading

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Recap

Yesterday was the final day of National Poetry Writing Month 2019.

This year I followed two sets of prompts: napowrimo.net and POETRYisEVERYTHING. That’s right—I was writing two NaPoWriMo poems a day.

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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My contributions to the culture, 2017

As we head into the final month of this dumpster fire of a year—all feast or famine, with bouts of depression, more car problems, having to rebuild my website, and general disgust with the state of the world—I need to step back for a moment and reflect on the things I was able to accomplish.

Here we go:

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State of the Art(ist), August 2017

It has been a while since I last posted something that wasn’t either a poem, a ‘love note’ entry, or somehow not directly related to my self-publishing activity (the ‘Resistance Song of the Day’ notwithstanding). So, here goes… Continue reading

My contributions to the culture, 2016

2016 ended up being a difficult year: work that didn’t materialize, illness, car problems, and the death of Lucy, the world’s greatest alarm cat. And that’s just in my little world.

So, I figure I need to step back for a moment and reflect on the things I was able to accomplish: Continue reading

Poetry Marathon 2016: My recap

Yesterday, I participated in my first poetry marathon. Well, technically the half marathon. Twelve new poems in twelve hours. This morning, I’m very tired.

The whole exercise was deceptively difficult—not that I thought it would be so easy, but when I sit down with my big sketchbook to write, I often will write three or four poems at a time, taking maybe twenty minutes or so. That’s what I was thinking would happen when I signed up. Continue reading