Saturday, March 22, 2014

April Writing Marathon


National poetry month (April) is coming up soon, and as usual this year I am hosting my writing marathon blog, here: A Daily Dose Of Spring Poems. Last year there were 9 of us who had pledged to write a poem a day, no matter what, and we turned out some incredible stuff. It was also an amazingly supportive little group we had––we all read each others poems, gave encouragement, and often left thoughtful comments. This year, I invited a few more writers to join the project, and I'm really excited for the month to start. I did, however, make some major changes to the format this year. I decided to open up the writing marathon to allow for fiction/non-fiction. So the parameters are as follows: a poem a day OR 500 words of prose a day. I made this change because I have started writing a novel, and really must devote my creative energies towards prose.

Here's a quote from my beloved buk, on craft: 

"I write right off the typer. I call it my "machinegun." I hit it hard, usually late at night while drinking wine and listening to classical music on the radio and smoking mangalore ganesh beedies. I revise but not much. The next day I retype the poem and automatically make a change or two, drop out a line, or make two lines into one or one line into two, that sort of thing—to make the poem have more balls, more balance. Yes, the poems come "off the top of my head," I seldom know what I’m going to write when I sit down. There isn’t much agony and sweat of the human spirit involved in doing it. The writing’s easy, it’s the living that is sometimes difficult.”

-Charles Bukowski, from an interview with the New York Quarterly, 1985

I know it is too early in the year to be reading him, he is one of my "summer poets", and during springtime I usually consume only my spring poets (e.e. cummings, wcw etc.), but I cannot help myself.