I’ve decided, as much as possible, to participate in the remarkable space that is #VerseLove2022, put together by ethicalela.com . Each day in April (National Poetry Month), a prompt is provided by one of the participants. It comes in the form of a mentor text, and then a poem that the day’s facilitator has written based on that text. I need to send a thank you out to Joel Garza (@JoelRGarza) on Twitter for posting that he was going to take part, which sent me off to look at the event. The other expectation is to read other poems that are being written and posted, and give some positive feedback. Let me be clear that this is a humbling experience. The people taking part in this process can write! Among them is Kevin Hodgson, who is one of the people that helped me make the decision to create this blog years ago. (thanks, Kevin).
Please consider coming over and joining in, if that appeals to you. The poems and prompts would also be great to use with a writing class.
I will try to post each day’s poem here, as time allows.
These are the first 3, with links to the prompts, in case you want to check them out.
April 1’s prompt was an acrostic poem https://www.ethicalela.com/verselove-2022-begins/
I dedicated mine to #EduKnitNight:
The prompt for April 2 was to write about core memories: https://www.ethicalela.com/core-memories/
And today’s prompt was a borrowing – to find a line in another’s poet’s writing that started you writing: https://www.ethicalela.com/collaboration-inspiration/
I worked from a line in Kevin Hodgson’s poem from today about background sound stopping.
Watch for more poetry in the coming days. I hope some of you will be inspired to come and play with words.
Let the sparks fly.
Thanks for the shout-out and for riffing off that line of the poem to capture the world, in aural landscaping.
thanks, Kevin. I have always appreciated the fact that you processed things through sound and music.