As I suspected, I can’t write a poem I am satisfied within a day, or likely even a month. Though I was able to produce a lot more material than usual, some of which I feel will result in poems I am happy with. For example: Contrary Warriors, Yellow, #7, Air, and Husband, are already under reconstruction.
Housewarming and Phaedra are the only poems from the series that will remain as they were written, they are closest to my heart, I will keep the flaws– reflections of my own imperfection.
When I started this challenge I felt disconnected, in part, because of the other writing I was doing which required a very different mindset than poetry, and I had not been writing regularly because I was in the U.S.
I gifted myself with Napo. A whole month to read and write nothing but poetry, and it was wonderful, the reading more than the writing.
I reread most of my poetry books and reveled, no– it was more like wallowed, I picture my pigs when I bathe them. I dove into the work of great poets, feasted and slathered myself with words, images, and revelations.
These are some of the poems that inspired me. Enjoy!