A Year of Lunacy

I’ve been contemplating doing this for a few weeks now, and yesterday, March 4, 2013, I began my “Year of Lunacy“.  What does that mean?  I plan on writing at least one lune a day.  A lune is a form of poetry that has 13 syllables broken down in three lines of five/three/five.  No rhyming required.

This shouldn’t be too terribly difficult, even during the April Poem-A-Day Challenge (PAD) and the November Poem-A-Day Chapbook Challenge.  Being small and relatively open, coming up with a lune should be easy.

My only real conundrum is whether or not to post them as I write them, post them in groups –weekly, maybe, or to not post them at all, and then maybe turn them into a book of poetry that spans a year of my life.  I’m thinking that if I go with the last option, I will want to make a majority of the lunes about what’s going on in my life…tracking things over the course of the year or just things that pop up each day…as well as writing about whatever strikes me.

During the PADs, I find myself using lunes as my last minute “Dang, I need to write a poem today!” go-to form.  Having now talked myself into saving my poems for the year, with maybe an exception here and there, I guess I will need to “work” these lunes a bit rather than simply throwing thirteen syllables together to crank one out.  No one will be interested in a book full of over three hundred and sixty-five crappy little poems regardless of how cool the author is.  <smarmy grin>

The Year of Lunacy is under way…only three hundred and sixty-three days to go.


Poem-A-Day Chapbook Challenge 2012

It’s time again for the Annual Writer’s Digest Poem-A-Day (PAD) Chapbook Challenge hosted by Robert Lee Brewer on the Poetic Asides blog at http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/poetic-asides.   Last year I completed the poeming part, but took waaaaaay too long in figuring out which poems I wanted to include in the chapbook, letting the deadline for submission pass me by.  Hopefully, this year, I’ll get the poems and the chapbook completed and submitted.
I’ve mentioned before [in previous posts] that I find myself to be more creative when I focus my energies on creating ‘formed’ poems.  For instance, the summary of my poems from this years PAD challenge back in April yielded the following stats:

Forms Used

Fibonacci: 1
haiku: 1
lune: 10
shadorma: 15
tanka: 5 (+2)
triolet: 2
unformed/free verse: 4

It will be interesting to see how the stats for the two PAD challenges in 2012 compare.  Game on!  Time to get poeming…


Beyond The Dark Room

cover of Beyond The Dark RoomBack in February of this year, I was invited by the editor of this book to join a group of poets in creating a collection of poetry that describes the range of emotions humans go through when faced with trauma, be it physical or emotional or both.

I jumped at the chance and discussed my feelings on being invited on my other blog with a post titled Those “Oh, Wow!” Moments.

Beyond The Dark Room: An International Collection of Transformative Poetry was published on August 27th.  Each chapter’s poems deal with an emotion or state of being in dealing with and recovering from a traumatic experience.  Some of the chapters are Anger, Depression, Calm, and Trust.

The book is available from Amazon.com and the royalties go to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)/Doctors Without Borders.

Poem: Nothing Is Trivial

Poem created in response to Robert Lee Brewer’s Wednesday Poetry Prompt #131, 11 May 2011.

(form:  Shadorma)

Nothing Is Trivial

Hark! Enjoy
the small things -they’re not
Pause!  Breathe!  Smile!
Lest time creeps up and darts past
laughing all the way.

Poem: Peter

Poem created in response to Robert Lee Brewer’s Wednesday Poetry Prompt #130, 4 May 2011.

(form:  Shadorma)


That vile boy.
I chase him about
the island,
my long thin
sword in one hand, my namesake
fixed on the other.

PAD: The Day After (a.k.a. Day Thirty One)

Well, I accepted the Poem-A-Day Challenge and successfully completed it.  The challenge, as put forth by Robert Lee Brewer of Writer’s Digest’s Poetic Asides blog, was to write a poem each day during the month of April based on the prompt provided by Mr. Brewer.  Each day, he’d post the day’s prompt and LOTS of people posted their poems as comments on the blog’s page.  Aside from the poems, the participants also read each others’ poem and cheered each other, naming their favorite poems of the day or chattering back and forth with each other.  I didn’t spend as much time reading the poems as I’d like to have, but there are some talented and prolific poets posting there.  For my part, I got at least one a day with my total poem count at Thirty-eight –not too shabby considering my commitment to Mr. Brewer’s normal Wednesday Poetry Prompts isn’t really much of a commitment.  I enjoyed the challenge and hope to produce more poems that just a weekly poem for the aforementioned Wednesdays.  Below is my list of poem titles along with their form, if they had one, in parenthesis.

Final Stats over 30 days:

-40 Poems

-Number in free verse:  15

-Number in a “Form”:  25

-Form breakdown

—Fibonacci:  8

—Lune:  7

—Shadorma:  5

—Triolet:  2

—Monotetra:  1

—Haiku:  1

—Acrostic:  1

Poems: Day Thirty One & Sometimes It’s Better To Just Move On

Poem created in response to Robert Lee Brewer’s 2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 30, 30 Apr 2011

(form: Lune)

Day Thirty One

Poetic Asides’
PAD complete.
Wednesdays now beckon…

(form:  Triolet)
Sometimes It’s Better To Just Move On

With a change of perspective you may understand
sometimes it’s better to just move on
and diverge from the roads we’ve carefully planned.
With a change of perspective you may understand
dreams can come true in a far away land:
“second star to the right and straight on ’til dawn.”
With a change of perspective you may understand
sometimes it’s better to just move on.

**The quoted line is not quite an exact quote from Peter Pan, but close enough to deserve the quotes… especially since this is how many know it.

Poem: Ode to PAD (Poem-A-Day)

Poem created in response to Robert Lee Brewer’s 2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 29, 29 Apr 2011

(form:  Shadorma)

Ode to PAD

Praise be to
Poetic Asides’
and the month-
long challenge
that has stirred my creative
juices -Thanks, Robert!

This particular PAD, or Poem-A-Day Challenge, was hosted by Robert Lee Brewer, blogger of Writer’s Digest’s Poetic Asides, and has run the month of April in celebration of National Poetry Month  –one more day to go, of course, but today’s prompt was an Ode, or poem of praise.

Poem: Paperless Society

Poem created in response to Robert Lee Brewer’s 2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 28, 28 Apr 2011.

Paperless Society

In our effort to go green,
save money, and be more portable,
we have begun to use less paper
while increasing our reliance
on computers and electronics.
Many no longer buy books,
preferring to load their favorite
stories onto an e-Reader.
For me though, you can keep
your e-readers. I’ll gladly
pay my bills and read my news
electronically, but I read books.
You can’t replace the sound
of the spine being cracked open
for the first time or the smell
of a new or very old book.
One other loss is the already
rare “Behold! Here are the
lost scribblings of <Writer X>,
found stuffed away in the back
of the desk drawer that I just
bought off the auction block.”

Poem: In the Grind of the Wheel

Poem created in response to Robert Lee Brewer’s 2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 27, 27 Apr 2011.

(form:  Fibonacci)

In the Grind of the Wheel

a rut,
no forward
momentum, the scene
never changes: a gray cube