19 April 2010

National No Poetry Writing Month

Like most good things, it happened by accident. All of a sudden it was April. I had a conference to prepare for. I had to put my ancient, beloved cat Schubert to sleep. I had to upbraid myself for thinking that it was a good idea to deal with all of this at the same time. There were student poems that needed comments, and they weren't going anywhere. A colossal project that my daughter had to do for 2nd grade. And so National No Poetry Writing Month began, with frantic cute-dress shopping, frequent hysterics over the loss of Schubert, a million messages in the inbox, a million.5 student poems, and a calendar that just kept rolling.

Now we're over halfway done with April, and the conference is history, and I still haven't written a poem. I am totally fine with it. This weekend I cleaned my entire house instead of writing poems. I commented on other people's poems. I read Barbara Guest's poems for my class. I missed Schubert. I tried to like my other cats a little more (I only have three now! That's, like, almost normal people numbers).

Anyway, once May is here I'll be a loaded gun. I've taken time off before. But as of right now, I declare April 2010 to be my National No Poetry Writing Month. As I think of new ways to observe it, I will share them. So far I have tried: telling people how I feel, rather than cloaking the same ideas in poems. The results: to be determined, but so far not terribly impressive.

To be continued. Rest in peace, Schubert.

6 comments:

Jeannine said...

So sorry to hear about your kitty. Will be thinking good thoughts for you.
As for poetry-no-writing - April is truly the cruellest month for writing, for me too! It's all the darn activity -always lots of work, lots of family obligations, lots of poetry events - the absolute worst time to write! September, August, now those are better writing months, I think.

Stephanie Goehring said...

Sorry to hear about your cat :(

But I love this: "So far I have tried: telling people how I feel, rather than cloaking the same ideas in poems. The results: to be determined, but so far not terribly impressive."

Sandy Longhorn said...

Mary, sending you much sympathy as you miss Schubert.

ralph pennel said...

sorry to hear about shubert.

good to hear that you are okay with being poemless. sometimes, you just have to let it go.

the whole telling people things works. don't give up on it just yet.

P. J. said...

Oh, goodness, Bee—I'm so sorry to hear about Bailey Schubert Meowington.

Penultimatina said...

Thanks so much, y'all. We're going to scatter her ashes in a waterfall (yes, we have those in Northeast Ohio).

:)