It's almost spring. I've got an official countdown going on my Facebook page for that, but I'm also counting down to another "spring thing," which has become as much a sign of spring for me as tulips and Peeps: NaPoWriMo, or National Poetry Writing Month. Once again this year, I intend to crank out 30 poems in 30 days. This will be my fourth year participating.
In the past, I have (generally speaking) used the "official" daily prompts on the NaPoWriMo site (www.napowrimo.net) for my poems. One year I combined them with a secondary prompt from another site, where each day I focused on a color. For a couple of my NaPoWriMo adventures, I have taken a photograph to go with each poem (or written each poem as a response to a photograph...gray area...)
This year, I'm again challenging myself. I will be using the prompts again this year (for the most part), and also I plan for this year's poems to (mostly) follow a theme:
THE POETRY OF COSTUME.
(Doesn't that look nice in bolded caps?)
One of my jobs is in theatrical costuming, which I love, and which makes me think about all kinds of stuff: identity (both real and imagined), the concept of the mask, of hiding who we are, of becoming who we were meant to be, of otherness, of the insanity of marketing, of the history and weirdness of Halloween, of the way a costume transforms you, of the magic of theatre, and especially of the wisdom of actually gluing gold sequins to your face. It's a veritable freakin' gold mine of material. So that's this year's challenge.
Of course, I'm a poet, and poets lie, so I may not do EXACTLY what I said...but that's the plan!
So the countdown is on! 21 days until NaPoWriMo begins. To get you in the mood, I reserve the right to post random poems about costuming, theatre, Halloween, and other marginally related topics until them, beginning now, with this piece by Michael Collier, available at www.poetryfoundation.org.
30 of 30...and we're done! Today's poem follows the "write a poem backwards" prompt, in that I unearthed a poem I wrote a few years ago, flipped it around, cut half of it out, and gave it a title. Another great April of poetry! Thanks for visiting!