Well, my dears, that magical time has arrived again, when thoughts of and yearnings for spring, warmth, light, tender new buds and shoots and all manner of soulful stirrings come together with a month-long focus on poetry through National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo). NaPoWriMo 2014 kicks off today, blossoming on into its fourteenth year thanks to founder and poet Maureen Thorson.
I had an amazing experience last April, writing a poem a day and posting it here, settling into the flow of a creative process that fed my deepest being and impacted my outer life on several levels at once all month and beyond. Then last month, almost a year later, I epublished the results, If Peace of Mind Comes, in collaboration with master photographer John Livzey. I’ve discounted the ebook to 99¢ in celebration of NaPoWriMo in case you’d like to take a look. (Amazon doesn’t allow me to offer it for free again until late August.)
Truthfully, I haven’t decided yet how to participate this year. Today I feel like taking a different approach, whether or not I can ultimately call it a deeper one, or something else. My accomplishment of a poem per day last year left me with delicious memories of a thrilling 30-day commitment and process. This time I’ll explore my impetus to participate in some as yet unknown way that fits my creative life this season.
Meanwhile, I encourage you to jump into the flow! You’ll be energized by it. Check NaPoWriMo’s site daily for writing prompts and inspiring info, including hundreds of participating poets’ sites. Enjoy the wild, irrepeatible journey, expressing yourself in it and/or relishing the works of other creative folks. Beautiful!