Happy Poetry Month!

April is National Poetry Month, and I am very excited to get back into a groove with this blog. I can’t wait to share with y’all what I have planned for this month!

Poetry Class!

For one thing, I’m finally in a poetry class again. It feels so good to be back on a set routine for writing poetry. Not to mention, I really like my professor. I took her course on Intro to Creative Writing back in the fall and was inspired to continue onto her intermediate course, Creative Writing-Poetry. Her name is Ashley Colley. She’s been featured in a few different poetry collections before, although I could only really find one of her works, “A Form for Dave” published in CutBank in 2012. She’s really neat, she has a series of poems about cows that she does in full cow costume.

30 Day Poetry Challenge

This month, I’m going to try and challenge myself to write a poem every day for April. I’m already behind, yikes! I chose a daily prompt already, which I guess is better than nothing. I’m actually adapting a prompt a bit, as I found a 30-day journal prompt from Elizabeth McNair at Life of Lovely. McNair is known on the Internet (especially on Pinterest) for her monthly journal prompt series she made in 2015. Here’s the list for April:

  1. Your biggest dream
  2. What place do you consider your home?
  3. What are you most grateful for?
  4. The most important qualities in a friend
  5. One thing you need to stop doing
  6. One thing you need to start doing
  7. How are you feeling today?
  8. Three things you and your best friend have in common
  9. Your life story in five sentences
  10. A place you have never visited
  11. How important is fame?
  12. What is a “perfect” day?
  13. How do you make decisions?
  14. Describe kindness
  15. 10 things you should always have
  16. The word you overuse
  17. A pun
  18. How would you like to be described?
  19. Your favorite song to sing
  20. Would you like to know about the future?
  21. How do you show people you care?
  22. Your last important decision
  23. Something that is always easy for you
  24. A motto to live by
  25. Happiness is…
  26. Organized or messy?
  27. A recent compliment
  28. Where you want to be
  29. A happy moment
  30. Your preferred method of communication

There are my prompts! This is going to be quite the undertaking, especially with school and life and everything. I’m willing to give it a try though, especially since I have that motivation that comes with every new month and new quarter.

I plan to upload the poem for the prompt one day late, simply because I need to actually revise them.

Other than those two main things, I’m going to be reading and studying poetry for my class and I might end up posting here and there to gush about a poet or write about a skill I’ve recently learned. I’m excited!

Stay tuned!

11 thoughts on “Happy Poetry Month!

  1. Hannah, Sounds like your professor may be a Midwesterner (I.e., “cows”). We have a lot of dairy and beef farms! Enjoy your writing; I look forward to seeing it.

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      • If they work for you that’s fine. You could write some very concrete poetry with them but it might limit the style of poetry you write this month. One word prompts can have a little more wiggle room in them from time to time. I’m only mentioning it as I wouldn’t want you to get stuck on one and loose confidence with the challenge.

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  3. Hannah, I feel you drawng a word from your prompt list; and building from there. Your phrases indicate to me that you have already had some deep thought of each prompt and are on track to proceed. However, you may sway in whatever direction gives you strength. Experience sometimes looses the challenge and excitement! I like the freshness of your processes. Now, keep-in-mind, I am certainly not a poet! Good luck and remember to continue to have enjoyment.

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