i had a lot of fun with my poem for day 4 of the tupelo 30/30 project !! you can find my day it, along with other day 4 poems from my fellow 30/30-ers, at the 30/30 project’s web page.
one reason today’s process and even the resulting first draft delight me is because i had a chance to be playful. it’s called (for now) “december sonnet #4: a saucy advent calendar for your man,” and it happened quite by accident. i saw (on facebook) a link to an all over albany blog post: “planning a capital region wedding.” (NO, i am NOT planning a capital region wedding — don’t get off on a tangent; this is about the poem.) turns out, the woman getting married is a new-to-me local blogger — the thrifty ginger.
the “thrifty ginger” blog interested me for a couple reasons: #1) duh. she’s a ginger. #2) the tagline for the blog is “living well on less.” i’m a poet, a single mom… i could use some tips. so i browsed a bit, and i found this post: “advent calendar for your man: naughty or nice.” any poet worth her salt recognizes a poem title when she sees one. and so it was born. i ushered it along by borrowing my opening line — ” some of me always wants to be swallowed” — from jamaal may’s “masticated light” (hum). and just like with my day 2 poem, i used odd little phrases from spam comments i cleaned out of a blog i manage. they allowed me to give a nod to my pervy, i mean saucy, side without blushing or making my dad want to crush my “lovely accomplice,” who makes an appearance in the poem.
here’s a preview (it’s the opening):
some of me always wants to be swallowed.
and that is only day one. it is followed by
a day of scratch and dent and another dedicated to
the different properties of drawstrings. by day four
i want to know what we will do with reindeer antlers…
to read the rest (it’s another 14-liner with no attention to rhyme), visit the 30/30 project. and don’t forget to consider a donation… however small! (see my december 1 post for how to contribute to the project.)
I’m glad you found my blog, and even happier you found inspiration there too!
I love the idea of repurposing SPAM blog comments into poetry.
hi, lauren! thanks for stopping by to say hi!!
missing you at our open mic…
any chance we’ll see you soon? Next one is Dec. 15th. Nancy klepsch
hi, nancy! & yes: mentioned 12/15 to dan recently. hoping to be there… miss you, too!!