Poem-a-day challenge: A running commentary

Excerpts/teasers from my December poem-a-day!

The goldfish may or may not be drunk (a poem-a-day writing challenge)

I won’t pretend to understand the science, but Smithsonian Magazine says goldfish make alcohol to survive winter. Seems reasonable enough. I’m all about the spiked eggnog this time of year. But that’s not my only strategy for surviving winter.

Yoga mat with mouse traps: This writing practice

Over time, I imagine, I strike some kind of strange balance, but it makes it really difficult to know who I am. I have trouble seeing the “both-and.” I have trouble seeing the multitudes contained as part of a cohesive whole.

Poetry prompts online: An updated list

People either love prompts or they hate ’em. I’m clearly a big fan. I’ve been using, writing and sharing prompts like these since my earliest days networking online. And here are nearly 30 links to hundreds of poetry prompts online!

3 poems inspiring me right now to write / #amreading #amwriting

Since I’m working on my blog this month — and since I have been writing and sharing poetry prompts my whole life as a poet online — I decided to pull some of the poems I’ve read recently together with the poetry prompts / writing assignments they’re generating. It’s something I’d like to do regularly. So here’s the possibly first list of many: 3 poems inspiring me right now to write!

Do you feel like a successful poet? 7 ways to cope in the meantime

It’s important to find happiness and satisfaction in poetry activities that do not revolve around notices of acceptance. Here are 7 ways to cope (thrive, even!) when you get stuck thinking in terms of success and failure. As a bonus, they make you both a better poet and a better literary citizen.

How do I start this day?

It’s easy to believe that loss is what makes us who we are. But when I consider the kindness and generosity people have shared with me, my body feels different. What if I could trace light as the through thread?