It has been a week since my last Project: #UndiscoveredPoetry post. I reflected on the process and took some time to figure out where to take this blog in the future. April is #NationalPoetryMonth, which is always exciting. When I was creating Project: Undiscovered Poetry, I purposely placed it in March so that I could give myself a nice head-start moving into April. That is exactly what has happened!
Even though I have not posted any complete poems in the last week, that does not mean that I have not continued reading and writing poetry. In fact, taking the pressure of posting every day has allowed me to go back to some of my favorite poets and spend more time diving into their work. I am continuing to push myself to write every day, even if that means just journaling my thoughts, with the hope that I can mine through various entries for some precious poetry gold. I am happy with a few images and ideas for poems that have come up in the last week. So, what's next?
I would like to continue using this blog as a platform for improving my poetry. Although I did not receive a huge amount of feedback, the feedback I did receive was valuable and I got better as a writer. I wish we all had access to our own personal community of editors and copywriters and creative writing teachers; where we could workshop our writing from the comfort of our homes and coffee shops. I think there is a need for this. Sure, there are online writing courses and MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) that aspiring writers can sign up for. Unfortunately, many cost money to enroll, and more often than not, we all cannot invest 20-30 hours per week for entire semester in order to learn all the ins and outs of creative writing. Yes, that would be fantastic! I love being a student, but when it comes to writing poetry, I love diving in to each other's work, making meaning, offering suggestions, and rewriting. There is something satisfying about the creative writing workshop process that I would love to create here on this blog.
So, my plan is to continue posting poems that may or may not be finished. I will continue to solicit feedback from anyone out there reading. Please feel free to leave any comments that will move the poem forward.
I am going to continue researching the possibility of self-publishing a book of poetry, since that was the original endpoint for Project: #UndiscoveredPoetry. I am not sure if that means using Amazon's self-publishing services, or possibly submitting some poems to journals and various writing contests. That is another world that I know very little about, so I will be taking some risks putting my poetry in front of specific editors. We shall see...
In the meantime, thank you for all of your continued support and feedback. I'd love to figure out a way that you can also share your undiscovered poetry with me and others in this budding community. Perhaps you can start by leaving a poem in the comments section, asking for feedback? I would love to read what you all have written, paying it forward for reading my poetry. No matter what happens though, we all need to keep writing! Write through the writer's block, even if it's crap, it is still writing and you are still improving as an writer.
I will be posting soon!
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