Poetry Challenge for April

Poetry.

Photo by Flickr user Teresa Grau Ros

I can’t believe it’s already April! Life is kind of crazy in the best possible ways right now — lots of reading, fun programs to plan at the library — but I don’t want to completely give up my habit of writing every day. (I’m a creature of habit, and I have this fear that if I stop writing every day, I may stop writing entirely. It’s completely irrational, but there it is.) So, while friends are enjoying virtual — and maybe not-so-virtual — s’mores at Camp NaNoWriMo, I’m challenging myself to write a poem a day.

While I’m choosing poetry as a way to keep writing through a busy spell, I am in no way claiming that writing poetry is easy, or that it doesn’t take a lot of time to write a poem. It’s not, and it does. In fact, I’m 99% sure I’m completely terrible at writing poems; that’s part of the reason why I’m making it my challenge for April. In all likelihood I’ll still be a terrible poet at the end of the month, but I hope that spending more time thinking about the sound and rhythm of my words will help improve my prose. I’m not setting out to write masterpieces here, I just want to stretch some creative muscles that don’t get as much use. And what better time to start than National Poetry Month?

Are you participating in any writing challenges? Any exercises you’d recommend to improve one’s poetry?

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