It is February!
And the 6th Annual February Daily Poem Project has begun.
About the middle of February last year, I joined this community of poetry writers. I wrote a few poems and I read a lot more. And most of all, I fell in love with the support they gave.
As February 2018 approached, I read our notices with interest and wondered: Could I? Would I? Should I? The theme was announced: ekphrastic poetry. I immediately did some research, some reading:
“An ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art. Through the imaginative act of narrating and reflecting on the “action” of a painting or sculpture, the poet may amplify and expand its meaning.”
By January 26th, I’d decided I would just hang around the group and read when Lauren Shovan reminded us, “This project isn’t quantity over quality. It’s about practice over perfection.”
I could ignore quantity. No one would mind if I missed a day, and February has only 28 days.
I would ignore quality, because it isn’t about polishing for publication.
I should embrace practice. Who doesn’t need practice? Especially with such a supportive community.
And with that, I dove in.
The “prompts” are works of art. And I’m responding to them, but I’m not sure if what I write will qualify as ekphrastic poetry.
The important thing: I am practicing.
I am writing, and it’s poetry.
Artwork: Unfinished Self-Portrait by Jay Shovan
Artwork: Sketches by Nick Ruth
Behind the scenes:
M.D., a member of our writing community, commented on my poem: “ I like the line breaks that make it ambiguous. We planned all day and thought. We planned all day. And thought we knew the way. Love it.“
I responded: “Thank you! To punctuate or not to punctuate … I did wrestle with it and as I did I fell in love with the universality created by the ambiguity of none.“
Read more about the history of the February Daily Poem Project on Lauren Shovan’s blog.
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