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#ROW80 Literary Liaisons

March 11, 2015 , , , ,

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Writers make good company in person or long distance. In our 80 days together writing about writing I have made the acquaintance of interesting and talented people. Like social exchanges in person we represent a very diverse set of interests and geographic situations. The faithful participants check in twice weekly to report progress on goals which range from studying story architecture to editing novels to posting on twitter.  At the same time I have been joining my on line colleagues I have been hanging out at least once a week with poets.  One of my goals at the start of the 80 days was to become a regular at the U of A Poetry Center.  This goal had been an unstated wish for over a year, and yet I had not worked it into my routine.  Now that I made it a conscious part of my practice as a writer I am really happy. Being present for the readings and taking in the atmosphere of the crowds who attend the poetry events is a blast.  All this free entertainment that is right up my alley has been waiting for me right around the corner from my home. I am glad I have made it a habit to go because it is a remarkable resource.  I will probably work up to taking a workshop eventually.

Although I set no number of books, poems or poets to read during the challenge I have been very active absorbing poetry in print and by app.  The Poetry Foundation app and others keep me busy finding new writers from all periods of history.  I have developed some favorites in this short time of sampling different kinds of poetic work.  Translated poetry is interesting to me.  I like hearing it in the original language then in English, to hear the sound before the meaning. Haiku is written by all kinds of people in many languages around the world a great app to learn more about those is The Haiku Foundation’s Haiku app.  Shake your iPhone and a new (not your grandfather’s) haiku appears ready to tweet or read.  In general I like short pithy poems, but am also fond of epic stories if they contain humor.  I am on a general exploratory venture into every poem and all poets.  I have thought a lot about the relationship between poetry and music, and how they shape popular culture.  I am reading Dorothy Parker Drank Here, a novel about the ghost of the great witty woman.  Dorothy Meister presents a funny set of circumstances at the Algonquin Hotel in New York where Mrs. Parker is a haunting the bar as a way of telling about her life and personality.  I am enjoying the read, and also noticing what a great device a ghost is to frame a story about anyone in history.  I am planning to try it with some of my dead ancestors.

Dorothy Parker Drank Here

Dorothy Parker Drank Here

My poetry is chugging along, which I think is an accomplishment. I write almost every day, and expand my subject matter horizons.   When I began this adventure I wanted to warm up and work on poetry for a better outcome in this year’s Poetry Month, NaPoWriMo challenge. I feel ready and able to write a poem every day in April, and I am now in the practice of illustrating what I post.  I am proud to have developed this habit.  It has no unwanted side effects, and I think I can only improve as I practice.  Sometimes the inspiration comes from what I am thinking or doing in life, and other times it comes from some distant part of the universe.  It always feels good to hit publish. To be in the company of writers is a honor and a privilege I appreciate. Check out my fellow writers and their adventures here.

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What a wonderful way to prepare for April’s poetry challenge. Attending those readings — right around the corner — again, an inspirational resource. I do believe that poetry shapes us as writers, sharpens our observations, and helps us to ‘see’ past the steady rush of daily life. May you have a wonderful week ahead.

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Beth Camp

March 14, 2015

Thanks Beth. I appreciate your visit.

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Pamela Morse

March 14, 2015

That Haiku app sounds ideal for someone who feels they don’t have the rhythm (haiku ) down to write it.. but I do believe that if done enough (the app) it would inspire people to write haiku. I think the Dorothy Parker book sounds FABULOUS!!

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Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)

March 14, 2015

It does make you think in that way..pretty cool app.

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Pamela Morse

March 14, 2015

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