If you haven’t heard yet, April is National Poetry Month.
As a writer, I believe it’s important to always stretch and grow in the craft, and that entails writing daily and trying different types of writing.
I don’t consider myself a poet, but I did have a poem published in 2007. Specifically a haiku, using my pseudonym. Here it is:
by Lisa Haselton
Death knocked on the door
Two brothers separated
Pain too deep for smiles
A traditional haiku follows a 5-7-5 rhythm. I wrote this one after having one of my two cats got ill and I had to let him go. It’s a remembrance to Gizmo, a sweet soul gone too soon.
The Huffington Post is featuring “four great poets” this month at the rate of one poet per week. The first author they talk about is Eileen Myles. Ever heard of her? I hadn’t, until now. Reading her work has entertained my muse and sparked a couple of ideas.
I don’t think I’m alone in saying I find a lot of poetry challenging to read. I think of poems like sampling wines. You can’t rush through them – you need to be ready to take your time and enjoy each part of the experience.
A lot of libraries in my area are promoting poetry month. The one in my town is hosting a contest with a local poet. I’m working on a free verse poem (it doesn’t follow any ‘official’ form at that I’m aware of) to post in the library and then read at an open mic night later on this month. I like the poem, but I can’t quite get the ending to work – yet.
I may just be using my well-honed procrastination skills, at the moment, but deep down, I know it would be a great experience to read my poem in front of an audience. Just something I can add to a list of things I’ve accomplished.
I encourage you to find a poem or a book of poems to look at this month. Take a few minutes and see what comes from dabbling in this type of writing for a little bit.
Do you read or write poetry on a consistent basis? If not, will you read a poem or a book of poems this month (other than my haiku above)? How about writing a poem this month?
Nothing to lose, and only experience to gain!
Lisa J. Jackson is an independent editor, writer, New England region journalist, and a year-round chocolate and iced coffee lover. She writes fiction as Lisa Haselton, has an award-winning blog for book reviews and author interviews, and is on the staff of The Writer’s Chatroom.