Poetry and I have had an on-and-off again relationship since my days in college.
It all started with a class on contemporary poetry, then continued with another class on poetry writing and finally ended (in college anyway) with an independent class with me penning my own poetry. I even submitted a few poems to poetry mags and had some accepted too (oooh la la).
After college, I tried to write poetry for a while and had a poetry reading of my own work at a local theater several years later. Now, though, I haven’t written any new poems in a couple of years but I still read poetry from time to time, mostly thanks to a few book bloggers.
So when I saw a few poetry challenges on Serena’s blog Savvy, Verse and Wit, I thought what better way to dip my feet back into the poetry pool? The first one, I saw was one she is doing in conjunction with a few other bloggers called Poetry: Read More/Blog More — A Monthly Event. The challenge is to post about poetry once a month, starting this Tuesday, Jan. 30.
The second challenge is the 2012 Fearless Poetry Exploration Challenge. The rules are:
1. Create a post on your blog stating your intention to read poetry in 2012 and sign up in Mr. Linky. If you don’t have a blog, simply leave a comment about reading poetry in 2012.
2. Choose one of the following options to complete the challenge:
a. Read and review up to 2 books of poetry throughout 2012 and leave the full link to each review in Mr. Linky.
b. Participate in at least 3 Virtual Poetry Circles throughout the year.
c. Sign up to feature poetry on your blog for April’s National Poetry Month as part of Savvy Verse & Wit’s Blog Tour.
d. Or some combination of the above.
3. Complete your goals between Jan. 1, 2012, and Dec. 31, 2012.
The third challenge is part of this second challenge, participating in the Virtual Poetry Circle (see link above), where we post a poem (any poem from anywhere) for our readers to read. The only thing I’m curious about is how to get it in the right format so that I don’t lose the line breaks. I’ll have to ask Serena about that (although I guess I am now in a way asking her that).
This is my announcement that I am accepting the gauntlet(s) that Serena has thrown on her blog and plan to write more about poetry in the upcoming year. Who knows? Maybe it will even inspire me to write poetry again.
Reading update: As for what I’m reading today, I’m continuing with The Redbreast by Jo Nesbø, the first in the Harry Hole series. Last night, I finished my fourth book of the year, Laura by Vera Caspray, before watching the movie with a group on Twitter as part of an event called Hitchfest, and earlier in the week, I finished my third book, Cover Her Face, the first Adam Dalgliesh mystery, by P.D. James. I wrote about that in a post in which I also talked about a few places you can find ebooks for free. Earlier in the week I also posted my latest Patron of the Week: Mrs. Don’t-Get-Me-Started-About-Obama with some readers already finishing in the comments what she wouldn’t say that day.
So did you read anything good this past week? What’s on your reading radar for today/this week? Do you read or write poetry? If not, maybe you can join Serena’s challenge(s) too.