April is National Poetry Month
We’ve all heard of the a-poem-a-day challenges for April, or 30 Days, 30 Poems, but here is a unique challenge for the month of April to hone your skills as a writer and poet, introduced by Richard Krawiec, who himself is an enormously talented writer, poet, teacher and editor. (Please read more about Richard here.) I asked him if it would be alright to extend his challenge into our community.
Here’s the gist, in his words:
April is poetry month and there are all kinds of ‘write-a-poem-a-day’ contests. I see the discipline of doing something like that, but I think the emphasis on producing a large number of poems is wrong – it shouldn’t be how many poems we write. One excellent poem is far more valuable than 30 decent poems.
So my challenge is this – for April start a poem on April 1 and revise it every day. 29 revisions of one poem.
Are you in?
I am, and to the extent that I can, will work on it publicly here, on 20 Lines.
If you wish to stay true to the 20 Lines format, write a few lines of it each day. Or write several and then revise. Or whatever works for you. I am going to consciously compose and work the poem differently than I normally would, to see what happens.
You can share along the way, or at the end, or even not at all — but let me know if you’re going to be working on this — I’d love it if you’d join me.
Cheers, and happy writing,