Saturday, April 16, 2016

Year of Poetry Update Week 15

Artist in residence painting chooks
This week saw another full working week and as a consequence the total hours were down, but I still managed to put in more poetry writing time than last week and have progressed the one draft I started to a beta reading stage.  

Entirely happy with the progress. I came across some interesting advice in one of the study essays this week that is further confirmation that this Year of Poetry is the right way to go: 

 If you write often, perhaps every day, you will stay in shape and will be better able to receive those good poems, which are finally a matter of luck, and get them down. Lucky accidents seldom happen to writers who don’t work. You will find that you may rewrite and rewrite a poem and it never seems quite right. Then a much better poem may come rather fast and you wonder why you bothered with all that work on the earlier poem. Actually, the hard work you do on one poem is put in on all poems. The hard work on the first poem is responsible for the sudden ease of the second. If you just sit around waiting for the easy ones, nothing will come. Get to work.  -   Richard Hugo


As mentioned in the previous post, the anthology I'm included in went live today.  I have three poems in it: a Tanka, a Haiku and a Haibun. You can order it through Amazon here (print only for the first 2 weeks)

This week's study was comprised of Invisible Architecture by Barbara Guest, The Triggering Town by Richard Hugo, Kingfishers Catching Fire: Looking with Poetry's Eyes by Jane Hirshfield and finishing off  Pound's, A Retrospect and A Few Don'ts .

My close reading was Robert Adamson's Sugarloaf Bay, Middle Harbour 



For the Statbadgers:

Total time: 08:45 (223:38) hrs

poem writing = 4.40 (93:33) hrs
close reading = 1:25(48:03) hrs
technique/theory 2:03(54:30) hrs
reflection = 0:37 (18:53) hrs


Poetry written:


0 (18) poems completed
3 poems in draft
1 poem abandoned



Poems Submitted:

0(12 in total) poems




Poems Published:


3(5) poem


Live Performances:


0(2)


Rejections:


0 (2) poem
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