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Happy New Year poetry friends! Can you believe that it is 2018? I always get excited for the new year and all the potential it holds. Will there be bad times? Absolutely–there always will be. But hopefully there will be some wonderful and amazing times sprinkled in as well.
I am one of those people who always sets New Year Resolutions. But I try to make them attainable and realistic. For example, if I set a goal to exercise 365 days in 2018 and then I miss a day, then there is no way for me to attain that goal. I try to avoid those types of absolutes.
So as it is Poetry Friday, I thought I’d share a few of my:
2018 Poetry Goals
- write 100 poems
- use more prompts for inspirationn
- not miss a single Poetry Friday post
- complete another Inktober in October
So, I have found that I do much better when I pull inspiration ahead of time for a poem. When I sit down cold and just try to randomly come up with a prompt for a poem, I fail miserably. I think that is why I was successful in finishing my 31 poems in 31 days back in October–I made up a word prompt list for the entire month. Many of the poems went in very different directions than when I originally thought of the word, so the prompt is just a launching point.
In addition to everyday life, here are a few of the places I plan on pulling inspiration:
My husband participates in various illustration prompts on twitter, and a few of them I plan on adapting for poetry.
@pinchpunchpost gives a monthly creature prompt
@animaloonies gives a monthly inflated animal prompt (they’re quite amusing)
@AnimalAlphabets gives a weekly prompt that rotates through the alphabet
Last year, I discovered Laura Purdie Salas’ “15 words or less” Thursday prompts on her blog. I love the simplicity of it and I really enjoy just spending a few minutes warming up the poetry muscles. I definitely plan on participating more this year.
Speaking of New Year’s goals, here is my contribution to Laura’s prompt this week.
January is always gloomy
For a parasitic roomie
New healthy declarations
Make for tenuous relations
© Rebecca Herzog 2018