Quiet Sunday

I’m writing today from a coffee shop in Brooklyn, after eschewing my writers group. When I woke up this morning, I had every intention of going to my writing group. But then the time change caused me to sleep exceptionally late, and the city sounded ever-so-far away, and I finally made a compromise with myself: as long as I got my hour of writing in today, I didn’t have to ride the subway. I came to this coffee shop with every intention of writing poetry, but between the inde-rock on the speakers and the gossip at the table behind me, I’m not feeling all that poetic. Ergo: blog!

I’m trying to focus more intentionally on writing these days, and an important part of that is obviously reading. So for Lent this year, instead of giving up, I am adding. My goal is to read a poem a day. This could be a pretty quick activity, given that so many poems are under 2 pages, so I am also taking some time to think, reflect, and study the words. Reading poems only one time is the quickest way to not like poetry.

I am also working to develop some of my older work, since new words aren’t coming out, in the hopes of getting a few things published. A lot of these poems I wrote the original drafts of back in college, almost 10 years ago, so I think it’s about time to release them.

Well, I just succeeded in making myself feel guilty by avoiding the hard work of concentrating. So I’m going to try to do that now. Wish me luck.


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