So, I know you know about my Poetry Marathon habit – started in January 2015 and still going. I scheduled three for 2016, and the third one was set for last week. But I hadn’t known that the election would be going on in that time, not to mention a sudden (though successful and not-too-disruptive) eye procedure to clear up complications from cataract surgery I had 18 or so months ago. So I canceled the marathon, meaning, I erased it from my calendar, about 10 days ago.
Then I thought things over. I really value the marathon process. I find it very meaningful to devote a week to my writing at regular intervals. I enjoy visiting different sites – libraries, cafes, parks – to write in. And the Marathon activity is a meditative process that calms me and reconnects me to writing. This last I felt was very important – various events in the last few weeks and months have distracted me from focusing on poetry.
I resolved to make the effort to go forward with the Marathon. So I rescheduled it for this week. What’s that mean? Well, for this Marathon, I plan to spend some time each day writing poetry as quickly and intuitively as I can. That process has been a constant since the first Marathon.
And I have a project waiting for attention – I wrote poems, at irregular but frequent intervals, between August 2015 and August 2016, each one inspired by photos I took of what were usually very ordinary objects or scenes. I have a nice large group of these poems now, but they need editing and shaping. I want to make this collection into another book, as you might guess. So I’ve decided to spend a lot of time on this group in this Marathon, and maybe get them all ready for turning into print.
OK! I have a plan. I start tomorrow. As I’ve done in the past, I’ll write a summary for each day and I’ll post something that I wrote during the session. I realize, as I write this post, that I’m looking forward to escaping into the discipline and meditation of writing. I think it was a good idea not to give up on the Marathon idea for November, 2016, after all.
Here are some photos from previous Marathons. See you tomorrow!