Come she must is more like it. April is fast approaching, and I am entirely unprepared for her. April means National Poetry Month, and I will be attempting to write and post a poem a day. As I’ve done for a bunch of years, I will be writing in one form for the month … only, I haven’t chosen my form yet. I haven’t spent any time this month combing through poetic forms to find one that seems like the right choice. Ugh.
so tonight I fired up The Google and started trying to figure out my form. Part of me is tempted to look to the past and pick a form I struggled with and give it another go. The Nove Otto came immediately to mind, as did last year’s choice, the Erasure Poem. I really don’t see myself diving into either of those for a month’s torment, however. (Good lord but the Nove Otto gave me grief!) No. Also there are so many forms I’ve never tried, it seems wrong to go back to a form I’ve already used — well, with the exception of the Arun, of course. Perhaps, in fact, the Arun is the form I should go back to every couple of years just to keep the form alive! (Hmm … that’s actually something to think about, but I also don’t know that I feel like doing a month of Aruns, so maybe that’s for next year!*)
I’m looking at four contenders right now. And, adding another level to my annual challenge (because heaven knows I don’t struggle mightily trying to write a poem a day in the same form for 30 days in row!), I have an idea for a theme for the month, and I need to be sure whatever form I choose will also give me the room to work with that theme. Thank goodness I have a whole week to figure it all out!
What are you doing for National Poetry Month? Care to join me for the crazy-making pleasure of this 30/30 challenge?
* For folks who are new/new-ish around here, the Arun is a form I seem to have invented in 2013. It’s a 15-line poem with the syllable count 1/2/3/4/5 — 3x. Extraordinarily basic and not a rhyme in sight. I’ve had some fun with it.
It’s the annual Slice of Life Story Challenge over at Two Writing Teachers! With hundreds of folks participating, there’s more than a little something for everyone … and plenty of room for you to join in!