In previous years, I prepared for NaPoWriMo by clearing my review pile, thinking about themes I wanted to explore in new poems and collating a few prompts for that point, usually two-thirds through April, when inspiration seems to stutter. Normally I’d start each day with a blank page or prompt and write until I had something shaped like a draft poem. The next day, I’d cast that aside and start with a new page and new idea. Naturally I would return to the cast aside drafts at a later date to edit, reshape and decide whether this was a poem or a non-starter. Decisions about whether I had something publishable will come even later.
This year, life got in the way and I wasn’t able to take the draft poem a day approach. Instead the target was still to have 30 drafts by the end of the month but there would be non-writing days and days when I’d need to draft more than one poem to hit the target. I began thinking of themes or subjects that could lend themselves to sequences or be revisited from another angle, a different viewpoint, even a different voice. I’m not particularly visual so it surprised me when I wrote a poem in response to a photo taken by a friend and even more surprised when another photo inspired a second poem.
It’s not quite the end of the month, but I’m on target to reach 30 poems. Titles are listed here: NaPoWriMo.
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