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Howdy, poetry friends, and welcome! During November, lots of writers were doing NaNoWriMo. I don’t write novels nor want to, so I sometimes come up with some other challenge for November. This year, in my Facebook Group just for Patrons, I opened up a 30-day challenge, and a few of us picked specific goals. Then we checked in with each other. These were mostly small, manageable things (except Jessica Coupe, who watched a lesson/tutorial and tried a new digital illustration technique every single day!). I vowed to write a first draft of a poem every day, and I shared it with the group–not for critique, but just to be accountable. I did it! A poem a day! Okay, a few times it was 9 pm before I remembered to do it. But whee! And many of the drafts are terrible, but that’s just part of the process.
Here’s draft 2 or 3 of a first draft I liked. I started it while standing outside Great Clips in 8‑degree weather waiting for it to open! (And no, the poem has nothing to do with hair.) And then it went from there. I posted a video in the FB Group sharing the whole process. It’s so strange to see documentation of my process, because if I don’t share about it immediately, I usually can’t remember many of the details!
This still needs work, but something in there feels worth working on. Last weekend, my husband and I went to a Leonid & Friends concert. A Moscow-based band that does covers of Chicago and other bands with horns. But they have members from all over Eastern Europe–Ukraine, Belarus, Romania, etc. And their message is one of unity. Of music bringing us together, and NOT of borders and wars and killing. Even though I only knew maybe 1/3 of the songs, it was really just a joyful experience and vibe.
And for lots of wonderful poetry, don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundupwith watercolorist and poet Michelle Kogan!