Gettin’ Gritty, Inner City at the Edmonton Poetry Festival

It’s Edmonton Poetry Festival time. SuperYay!
If you’re in town this Sunday eve and feel like taking in some poetry, how about Gettin’ Gritty, Inner City? I was excited and surprised to receive an honourable mention for this contest, as well as an invitation to read two poems. But there will be great poets there too, all of whom are much more worthy of a listen than me. It’s at a cool flower shop/cafe in Little Italy, in a neighbourhood full of character (see title of event). It’s free! And just one of many awesome things going on during Po-Fest. Check it out! 

“Sunshine” featured on Autumn Sky Poetry Daily

Very excited to have my poem, “Sunshine” featured on the Autumn Sky Poetry site today!

I wrote this poem, along with two others, for this year’s 48-hour poem contest, but didn’t enter this one, so thought I’d submit it elsewhere instead. Of course, now I’m thinking “Doh! Should’ve entered this one.” But there’s no point in second-guessing, and I’m thrilled to be part of this great site.

National Poetry Month is half over…which in a glass-half-full kind of way, means there’s still two more weeks to celebrate whimsical, wonderful words. Yay!

 

Get poeming, peeps

It’s April! National Poetry Month in North America, and I say WOOT! to that.

Normally I spend the month in idle appreciation. Reading poetry. Thinking about poems. Thinking about why it is that most people are so darn daunted at the idea of poems. But this year I decided to get active. I’m doing the PAD (poem-a-day) Challenge through Poetic Asides at the Writer’s Market site.

One week in, three more to go. Some days have been easier than others, which is to say some prompts pluck at my grey matter a little easier to get the ideas churning. But I think there’s something  just as worthy in the poems that have to be coaxed out, as there is in the ones that explode into being. I like to think I can stick it out for another three weeks, so I can say I did it, and have 30 new poems to show for it.

You will never convince me that poetry is dead, but maybe it can do with a little CPR to keep it going. Everyone can read a poem. Read a poem this month. Or better yet, read one every day. You don’t have to delve into an epic or stumble through something surrealist. You don’t have to “get it” or analyze it or memorize it. Just read one and try to feel. Check out one of my favourite sites, Rattle, to get you started. Click on the “random” tab and see what comes up. Or search the names of poets in your own city and see what they have to say. My own city is chock-a-block with spectacular scribes.

Everyone can write a poem too, though I know many people think they can’t. Go on and pen your own little poem this month. You don’t have to show it to anyone, but you might even want to. Post it in my comments and I will send you “super extra happy yay you did it!” vibes.

Happy NaPoWriMo!