What is this?
Poem Every Day is a collab that got started two years ago during National Poetry Month. The idea is simple: write a poem a day, every day, for a month.
Do I have to wait until the next National Poetry Month (April 2015) to do this?
No! You can start today! The challenge is 30 poems in 30 days, and that applies all year round. We always repeat this challenge during the month of April, but don't let that limit you. Your 30 days can start anytime you want!
Okay but really, I have to write a poem every day?
Why are you doing this?
The purpose of this challenge is to stretch yourself as an artist and, ultimately, to surprise yourself. When you have to write every day, you can’t plan it or obsesses over it, you just have to get the words on the page. It's remarkable what can come from that.
Why are you really doing this?
Because I get a sick thrill out of forcing myself to write a poem a day and I want to take you all down with me.
Will this be fun?
Will this be awful?
How do I do it?
Write a poem. Go here. Submit your poem. Repeat this tomorrow.
What do I write about?
Anything you want. But there is an optional set of prompts, if you choose to use those.
Can I post poems I've already written?
Nah, that'd be cheating! You want to write something new every day of the challenge. But if you have poems you've already completed and want to share, you can submit them to one of these great collabs:
Why is this a good thing to do?
Honestly, I don't know if I'd describe it as "good". It's intense. It's ridiculous. It's liberating. It's a lot of things. You have to face the terror of the blank page, every day. You have to defy writer’s block, every day. You have to share your work with your peers, every day. It's terrifying and wonderful and at the end of it you will have 30 poems and hopefully a handful of fears conquered.
CALLING ALL VO ARTISTS, ACTORS, FILMMAKERS, ANIMATORS, VIDEO EDITORS & MUSICIANS! Let's start making Short Films out of all the great contributions to the "Recite a Poem Every Day" collab - contribute your performances, edits & audio!
NOTE: You can contribute your written poetry - and find others' poetry to perform - HERE
ANIMATORS: Find a Poetry Reading that inspires you to animate a Short Film, LIKE THIS EXAMPLE by Juan Mayo.
FILMMAKERS: Make a Storyboard inspired by a Poem so that Actors can perform it - or shoot your own Short Film.
ACTORS: Perform a Poem from the site.
VIDEO EDITORS: Remix audio & visual elements from the site into a Short Film of a Poem you like. Check out THIS "SONNET 29" SHORT FILM by tori as inspiration.
MUSICIANS: Compose a Score for a Poem you like.
VOICE OVER ARTISTS: Perform a reading of a Poem on the site that you like.
CURATORS: Make Albums of Poetry or Performances you think would be great resources for Short Films.
you planted seeds of new life
in my mind
down my trembling spine
with your efficacious words
that i cannot accept as
saccharine but why
am i left with an illness
in my belly, nauseated?
a foundation in my chest
i am grounded abruptly.
a severed heart once tethered
in a transcendental union
to your outstretched arms, oh
why must you drop me
from such heights?
i've been here before
and will remain
since i'm still breathing.
I find myself too often
to my temptations
Indulging in things
I know can be bad for me
But I am pure impulse
with a complete disregard
for the possible repercussions
of my actions
And later, the question
And though the question
stays the same,
the answer never does:
Was it worth it?
On a little piece of paper
kept in an old brown, rum bottle
Lies a lifetime worth of letters
Each word woven
with love and great care
if but breath could be stolen
Then this letter
would have a lifetime of air
stories of the better
and so tenderly
they'd be read and spoken
if only but solemnity, takes the sea
So the little brown bottle
filled with hopes and old rum
would finally settle
on lonely shores
Metals grind and twist
and with it goes the bare-skin
of the world,
basic needs become basic weeds,
rain drops turn to rust,
bouncing from inside-out uniformity,
the entropy begins,
a new reality circles the metropolis,
bio-chemical terrorism annoints
us, no burqas, no warnings,
the fear comes from us,
and greased-up dreams
smothers the melting pot,
falling in the dirt
carries me to the center,
the heart of nature; manipulation,
blueprints are contructed
franchising the seeds,
the roots grow deep
carrying out their plans.
you are hunting me
to rip me into
one, two, three
until I can't take it anymore
and say goodbye
to all of you
until I'll be
Fine dots of green just peering through the ground cover
Brushing away some of falls forgotten leaves
Gives way to the stems of daffodils and tulips
Clutched tightly in fists of color
Waiting patiently for the promised sun
Tomorrow bursting open
Saying once again
Life goes on
i tend to prick my birthday balloons
after the party is over
preferring to cause the
instead of waiting for time's
steady hands to squeeze
the last dregs of life out
but since i can't bear
to bring a needle to yours
i'll ask time to be more gentle
than usual - so gentle that
i don't feel its hands at all.
The smoother, mellower
Cane sugar flavor
Of a Mexican Coke
Sliding over my tongue
The salt grit
There is only flat here, a palm pressed against the back, & when
I say flat I mean the progression of voice & words – sounds
that mimic the stretch of skin between hip & shoulder,
the thoracic region with all of its bumps & cracks – or how
the spine is more question mark than straight line (sometimes,
I drive in the dips between dunes & think spine & then broken).
We speak in fragments like light that slats through matte dark
& illuminates in splices – your thumb taps on the steering wheel,
me, crater-eyed, in the windshield. You say, mesa, & I say, scar,
so we walk along the ridge line & try to feel the Earth’s callous
as it snakes its way between my ribs. Wear it well, you say,
like mountains flat against sky or the sun’s sly crawl down
to the horizon. In the middle of the beginning, I am filleted,
belly-down, a sunburned creek bed, & you are moon-flaked,
half obscured by clouds that will never bring rain. Instead,
you leak sepia around my wrist. I flinch, curl in upon myself,
a little conch shell. Then, I learn gorge, arroyo, the sadness
of split rocks. Here, I am fault-lined, I say, as you wane in the clear
dark. Later, I dwell in the earthiness of it all – the muddiness,
the mesquite, and sheet rock. You are the root & stem, you say
when you are new moon & blue & your fingers shy-crawl
through dust & skin near the mend line, barbed pink.
- Falling hurts.
- I am not invincible.
- My parents are not infallible.
- I am not infallible.
- Pizza is delicious. (this wasn't a lesson hard learned but it lead to.)
- Too much of anything is no good.
- Love isn't always mutual.
- No response is a response.
- If it tastes good it's probably bad for you.
- Just because it tastes bad doesn't mean it's good for you.
- It's hard to admit #8.
- Not all hurt is physical.
- No hurt lasts forever.
i wish there was
to tell my younger self
what i know
and have me
Confronted with another poem to write
My heart says yes, yes, yes
While my stomach says no, no, no
Tap, tap, tap, my fingers dance on the keyboard not a soft shoe
But a waltz of sorts, meandering one two three four
Oft times off beat, two three four, one
Trying to get from this thought to the next
Without tripping over my awkward doggerels
And falling flat on my face, missing my stride
i will silently
scratch and claw your weak skin numb,
tearing you apart
The raindrop descends
as a whole. Then it fractures,
as it falls it transforms into a new song:
a birthday, baby steps, scratching on your roof.
As it grows, it crescendos into a symphony,
outliving the sky. Its notes clinging
to your window. The sounds of the earth echoing
in your ears, a symphony of sounds, a dance of childhood.
Maritime. The first time it touched your skin;
its cacophony serenading your farewell.
Just giving you enough time to breathe,
before it starts again.
A dirge of death to rebirth.
preach to me,
empower me with something
i cannot see
not the good book
i've heard it too many times
speak something clearer,
something that oozes light to the ocean floor,
pulling me up and
extending my poor sight
past horizons of earth
suffusing my skull with a gold nebula,
to soon settle
the blank slates of my mind
warm on my back.
Inching up my shoulders.
Toes curling around blades of grass.
Say nothing more.
wind cuts into my skin as rain pounds into each pore
Demanding its due, some might say
having its Way, others may incline
enthralled with the tide
this Piece of clarity overtaken
the currents of this affair impede each inch of skin
as I lose myself in the mist
each Breath presses against this being
aching for relief
slamming into a coast Too stubborn to corrode
maybe this is drowning
but in truth the tide is just remnants of rain
and you’re just here
willing me to wash away
It caught me mid-step
in the midst of a crowd
I was half-way through my drink
gin&tonic, 50/50 - I like it strong
with a medium-sized slices of lemons
when the band were having their break
It was implied rather than stated
yet still I was almost certain
that midnight had struck
A/N: Once again a yesterday's poem. Today's one is coming later today :)
Make your sea green way to me,
and touch my skin unlike a screen,
but soft and light beyond
that window that we found
our long lost love for none
but us to see.
yay I finally did something for the Poetry a Day collab! I borrowed a clapperboard over the weekend and was inspired to fill in the blanks. I uploaded a blank clapperboard resource so y'all can join in by clicking here.
Roll over you
obscene piece of shit
you take all the blanket in which I was in
dire need. You even used
my toothbrush right before you
came to bed. This is the worst
date I ever had.
I am not yet moved to write poetry about you
so don't go thinking you'll read this and find a reference to the way you pass your knife through fruit
and give me the bigger half
This really doesnt even involve you because you just got here and I've been hanging out for a while
the softness of your white shoulders and the movement of your mass through the too-small universe of your apartment
is what I think about at night
It's nothing personal.
I'll write you when I'm ready and until then I'll settle my score
with the backside of your jeans
and the three different colors in your eyes
the empty hole punched through your ear that misses its pirate hoop
I'll take these things for now and play them like tapes until the next time
I need a place to stay for the night
or my rings returned in the tunnel of data
that bisects the lobby of the New York Times
Write your stupid words in your office on 8th Avenue and stay soft to the touch
I won't write a single thing about you.
bubbles crown the head.
it slips and slide
lulls my heart into your bed.
each grape twisted and pressed
it forgets the word fresh,
so sweet so bitter,
it caresses and abandons
my hungry tongue.
the demons grow,
the demons become silent
hips and lips,
shush and smile,
roar with empty laughter.
and as the walls fall
as the wants grow
i want you, you alone.
i will memorize your scars
and you my bones.
I could fill libraries and the tunnels beneath them with endless tomes about you.
Endless words and sections about your eyes alone.
But I won't sully your grace with weak constructions of man.
I thought you knew
that it was broken.
After all, it was you
who pushed it beyond repair.
Who left me
wishing on eyelashes, stars,
and even clocks
for things to go back
to the way they were.
call, or text, or email.
don't make some desperate attempt to
head sunk into a pillow
with daylight pawing at the blinds,
sleep is so loud, so all-encompassing,
a slumberous honey i reluctantly wade through
to reach morning.
then, the tipping point,
shedding the groggy resistance
& seeing the soporific shackles on me,
sleep's victim suffering stockholm syndrome,
i wake up all over again, this time properly
to hear the hum of the day,
buses in the distance, the clunk of the radiator cooling,
a muffled voice from a neighbouring room,
hours bustling in colour, my mind picking up momentum,
my to-do list diminishing, connecting dots, constructing plots,
and then, just as i feel maximum velocity is in reach,
sleep seductively slips back into my vision,
"remember the good times?"
and i'm done for, again,
down down down.
i draw the blind,
i pretend i haven't seen that last email
& i let drowsiness take me over.
until your tender heart
(from prompt for day 1: open)
Here's my frist VO for my VO for a month commitment. If you have a poem you want me to do a reading of (be it mine or someone else's) let me know.
First, I'd like to wish everyone a Happy Star Wars Day! The Force was definitely strong with all of us last month, and those who are starting to take on this challenge.
(Dark Lord of the 5th is where it's at, though. *cough*)
Second, I'd like to thank everyone who read, recommended, and remarked my poems from April. Your kind words, hearts, and hits make my days so much better.
Third, I'd like to mention that writing every day made me take in the days a lot more. I've come to realize that there were some good days, bad days, and days where I felt like I did absolutely nothing productive at all. In a sense, it kind of slowed things down, even though I still feel like April went by so fast.
Finally, I'd like to thank (again) the brilliant mastermind of this collab, Evyn, for the work she's done and for really just creating the collab in the first place. You're awesome (but you already know that)!
Sending love and more thanks,
we had a saying that scared the living out of me
Those port wo-and/or-men who'd one day walk Home just,
Like they'd never see the sky again.
O Mae would say "they already is dead",
"they only alive from the toes
up, the soles that keep them on the ground,
Bad as I've ever seen."
So the human dust on them,
wont allow us to put them away.
I reached the top
An incredible view
Of beautiful words
What does a bee look like naked
down to its bones, white hot on grey?
Is there room, a hollowed nave between
pinstripe bones to build a bed, some
bookcases? Are the bones rafters, the space
between ribs a vaulted ceiling?
Is the foundation solid enough to support
a house? I moved in with some
things, a pile of clothes and art prints I hung
on vertebrae. I made my home in the navel of the bee
surrounded by sun dried skin, singed fibers,
I stay, burrowed
deep where flesh was once pulled tight, elastic,
across the skeleton. The bones crack under the weight
of footsteps. They sway and buckle as I move about
vacuuming, dusting. Is the bee still a bee when the bones
break? Do I still have a home when the bones
turn to dust?
You know that feeling you get
As you are about to fall asleep
Like you are sinking into yourself
Yet drifting off to somewhere else
Falling from where you are
It spreads through you like a shiver
If it startles you and leaves you unsettled
If you fight it, and don't give in
Sleep will always be an elusive bother
Day 29 - Poem-a-day
I was marked Strong by my mother
Who taught me that bravery was how I should view womanhood
My mother who taught me I could be my own Knight in Shining Armor and that I am no one’s Damsel in Distress
I was marked Equal by my father
Whose ‘Klingler & Daughters’ is every bit as good as ‘Someone & Sons’
My father whose back-breaking labors paid for music lessons, running shoes, and study abroad so that I could be anything I wanted
I was marked Hope by my sisters
Who turned to me in their times of fear and need
My sisters who looked to me to show them that the world is as beautiful as it can be cruel
I was marked Human by my actions
Marked by every unkind word
Marked with every selfish pursuit
Marked every time I didn’t say Thank You or I’m Sorry
I was marked Imperfect by man
Marked every time my legs weren’t smooth enough
Or my breasts weren’t large enough
Or my hair not long enough
I was marked Fragile with every “C’mon baby, you owe me.”
I was marked Damaged by the strange hand that slipped between my legs on that crowded rush hour train; by the faceless body that kept me pressed to the door while he explored the places of me I rarely share
I was marked Bitter by the people I turned to for help, and their nonchalant “Just take the attention as a compliment.”
I’ve been marked
By everything and everyone else… but the only thing I’ve marked myself is Incomplete.
sun rises slowly
lake shines proudly
waves rise and bow
clouds part ways
sky looks upon
wind breaths softly
day has entered
i was bored, so here's a tiny little experiment...
download for better quality...i think...
sorry-i'm not very experienced in uploading videos :/
i'm not a filmmaker whatsoever, so i would love to hear opinions and advice :)
if anyone wanted to remix this in someway, maybe do their own voiceover, i would be so happy! i hate hearing recordings of my own voice...
Let's have a secret runaway day,
just you and me.
Somewhere magnificent we'll play,
meant to be free.
We can sip tea in the tallest trees,
branches as our seats.
Perhaps ride on the cool breeze,
beating the hottest heats.
We'll close our eyes and listen,
as nature plays a song.
At the end watch sunset glisten,
arm in arm where we belong.
It will be the perfect day,
our secret time to play.
Just you and me,
meant to be free.
Hot lemon-filled bulb
In a watercolor ring
Like a ringmaster’s
The clouds decorate
Earth’s necessary life source.
The warmest face
Into the blue sky
Wow. This month... This month has been a hell of a thing for me. To a certain degree, my creativity, my mood and my physical health have all ganged up to flip me around like a rag doll in a series of tornados, and my contributions to hitrecord in general and perhaps the Poem Every Day collab in particular reflect that. Although I always think of myself as a storyteller, and therefore narrative writer first (and doubly therefore, for modern times, prose writer at that) there is so much to love about the loose and free and spoken bravado of poetry that I find myself drawn to it, especially when I have extra creative feeling, energy, and steam to vent. Ironically, I believe that hitRECords strong inclination towards flash and microform prose and narrative has prepped me to be ready to jump into writing poetry again, so cheers to you, Wirrow, for sparking all the quick burning tiny story fuel lines round these parts.
I'll go into more detail looking back at my poems later, but for now, after all this month has put me through, from mood swings to sleep disturbances to medical emergencies to hospital stays, I just want to say thank you for giving me, through this challenge in poetry, a place to vent the fires, good, bad, energizing and horrifying that have been burning all to bright in my life of late. Thank you for that.
cling hard to the bough
then a swift squall, swish and fall
scrunch of arid leaves
She has her back to the door
To the piles of cloth and lace
Upon the creaky bed
The cracks in the unlevel floor
Making the wooden desk
In its jar
She feels no shadow
But only sees
At the corner of her desk
And the crane fly
Twitch the tango
Feels no shadow
Ink drips to the page
As the spider
Sinks in its teeth
Its thousand eyes rolling
As it submits
He is closer now,
Yet still she feels no shadow
As ink spreads
Across her page
Lost is the word ‘quickly’
Gone is ‘afraid’
As the spider
Starts to shake
As the fly’s venom
It’s judgment takes
Still she feels no shadow,
Yet he is closer still,
In the rounded dull corridor
He watches her corseted back
Striped with mellow light,
Feels the point of his knife
Toes to iron bedstead,
Arms reach from the desk:
His million eyes roll in his head
At the peachy fur
Upon her flesh
He is the end, the night
As he sidles up crab like
Yet she feels not his shadow
As the knife bites
And the poison spreads
Like silk handkerchiefs
Venom claims a victim again
I know it's May, but I only made it to 12 poems, so I feel I should keep going! This was inspired by the impossibly creepy paintings of Walter Sickert, which always put me in mind of Jack the Ripper... indeed I believe he did actually do a painting series of a man slowly creeping up on a woman...
And when the walls came tumbling down,
and the floor started to crumble,
I learned to float.
I'll keep this one short:
- Poems are hard
- But also awesome
- Poem-every-other-day is just as good as poem every day
- So even if you missed a few days, come back and post any time
- I can't wait to read your work
- You look great today
- And if you just joined us, AWESOME
- Start your 30 days whenever you want
- Finally, a request for all you talented souls -
- There have been some gorgeous readings and remixes of poems in the last couple of weeks
- LET'S DO MORE
GO FORTH AND POET
He’s on the way to
Siskel saved a seat.
you might step back.
you might wonder about the waves
of intensity, of the sudden
of black irises
pinning you to the spot.
is a vacuum for your thoughts.
and when she speaks,
you are her sole audience.
It’s too late for coffee.
It’s too late to be up.
Here I am anyway
With a steaming hot cup
I should leave,
how I love
the salted sugar
of my heart
breaking on your lips.
all we had was the frenzy of butterflies
under suns curved dive into
casually indifferent water, to which we offered
pier splintered feet.
fine dining went to the mosquitos,
while peanut butter jelly on
regular white sealed our sticky kiss.
once, we connected continents
the purr and pain of deep
blues turned red in air
we sang along to the pleasure
writhing out the cure;
soaring on the hearts of poets
through texas snow in april.
i know how you look
you wont even say hi.
Somehow this week went by a lot faster than last one. I'm going to try to remember why I wrote every poem I did this week then end it off with an overall observation/rant.
April 8: It's The Little Things (http://www.hitrecord.org/records/1277052) - I've always enjoyed twists (I don't know why but I tend to do dark twists). That's all this (and now that I look at it most of the ones I did this week) is. I think it's because I'm really not at all this dark and brutal in real life (nor are my surroundings) that I tend to go dark so frequently in my writing.
April 9 Thump...Thump (or My Heart) (http://www.hitrecord.org/records/1277925) - I just found out (a few weeks back) that I'm getting to the age where I need to start caring for my body. The theme of this poem was inspired by that. I also wanted to try to do both a limerick and haiku then I figured I'd add my typical style in between and voila.
April 10 The Things I've Seen In War (http://www.hitrecord.org/records/1279945) - This one is kinda of depressing. It was influenced by an article I had to do an analytical essay on for school. Sometimes I find myself needing to almost exercise (as in exorcism) my negative emotions before I can write an unbiased essay. That's where this came from.
April 11 How Poets Say Fuck You (or Suicide Note From My Teenage Self) (http://www.hitrecord.org/records/1280740) - I've started listening to a lot of spoken word poetry. This was basically influenced by two main poems 'Scars/To The New Boyfriend' by Rudy Francisco (for style) and 'To This Day' by Shane Koyczan (For content. Meaning I wrote it based on my fucked up schooling).
April 12 To My Friend's Baby Girl (or To The Reason My Friend Will Not Have a Normal Night's Rest) (http://www.hitrecord.org/records/1281807) - This is one of those few poems that I shared with people in my real life. I wrote it for a friend whose daughter was really born that day and I was so happy. I don't know why but I'm always at my most poetic when I'm blessing others. Honestly the people who it was written for loved it, and that's all that matters.
April 13 As It Should Be (http://www.hitrecord.org/records/1282741) - Trust me snow mid-April will piss anyone off. This came from that. As well as the need to offset the cheeriness (I don't know why I felt the need to offset it).
April 14 The Ghost of the L Street Station (http://www.hitrecord.org/records/1283356) - I loved the illustration by Mr Ben. This was because Jordan (aka AndreiDoubleJ) made the fair point that yesterday's was really brutal. So this was to offset that (I seem to be in a vicious loop of offsetting bad with good with bad with good…).
Somehow, despite the fact that I occasionally have to remind myself that I must write a poem every day, this doesn't feel like a chore at all.
I'm going to go to a local slam and I'm trying to end up in New York for the summer so that I can hang out at some poetry clubs in NY. This has opened me up to poetry and I'm beginning to get a lot more comfortable with showing people my work.
I rummaged through her closet
Finding her shoes I struggled to wedge my foot there
I collapsed to the floor
The light sneaking through
Slits in the corporate blinds
Is clean and thin
So, he guesses, about 6am
Banhi from Accounts
Is gone now
He imagines her driving away
In her beaten up Nissan Micra
With the ‘I heart New York’ sticker on the back,
Taking her scent of
Florid perfume and the smell underneath
Like over ripe peaches in the sun
Sweet, sticky and full of juice
To make its home again
In her husband’s arms
He curls back up
Under his duffle coat
And worries thoughts into
The worn patches
Of the lining
Little snippets of memory
Are returning now
Like Polaroids in a pile,
So parts of the pictures
He remembers the kiss
Not the first
Cool touch of lips
But The Kiss,
Up against the water cooler
In the hallway by Section B
The long, warm journey into Her
Like going back into himself
Like Sunday morning under the blankets
Watching black and whites
With a steaming mug of bitter coffee
She had stepped back from him
And begun to undress, right there in the hall
Her fragile brown body
Too tangible under the strip lighting,
That it made her surreal,
Like the coffee machine
Had become confused
And poured out molten woman instead
The Heat of her
The incredible Heat in his arms
The ecstasy in
Finally rolling her name around his mouth like an olive
And dropping it into hers
Those two tiny syllables had dominated him for months
Haunted the deathlike space between wake and sleep
Wiggled its way into his work,
Refused to leave,
Always inserting a comma after itself,
So the next one slotted straight into place
He speaks it now
Shyly into the empty room
Listens to the way it moves of its own accord
Soaking into piles of paper like honey
Wrapping around filing cabinets,
Hugging the steel frames
The light has grown more confident now
Spreading over the office in a warm palour
7am, he guesses
Soon his colleagues will be arriving to start the day
Time to take the word
And file it away
Until the next office party, at least
Poem Every Day Collaboration, Day 7
Getting a bit cheeky now! Note to self: tomorrow, keep it shorter!
I certainly can guarantee
That you are not my cup of tea.
not sure why i spend so many hours doing this
idly clicking through the many pages
wasting my most valuable resource, time
i'm not sure what i'm afraid of
i don't think it's failure
i think it's more like success
or maybe it's just hard work
or maybe i just love the distractions more than i think i do
my father said to me once that he had come to terms with this in himself
that he used to give himself a hard time for watching some bad tv show
but then he decided
no, you know what, if that's what i'm choosing to do,
it's because that's what i really want to do
i thought at the time that this was a cop-out
but it haunts me
what if he's right?
what if our true purpose is to watch grey's anatomy?
i can't think of anything more terrifying.
That's how I'll die.
It will sound glamorous and old fashioned
To my evolved and eco-symbiotic
When they mentally scan my digital archives
They'll pause, charmed and superior,
Gazing at the photos of joyful me and food.
"How cute," they'll say.
"Look at grandma with her soda pop."
"Another one with a burger!
The old dame liked milkshakes,"
They'll laugh, and underneath their humoring smiles,
A twinge of shame.
"Another shot of her with her take-out,"
"Can you believe she used plastic containers?"
"I bet that's microwave popcorn."
They won't say cancer or lupus
Or diabetes type 2
"Poor old grannie,"
"She died of consumption."
We’ve just passed the one week mark in the poem every day challenge!
Congrats to everyone who made it the first seven days with seven poems up – I know that is not an easy feat. But the good news is that the first week is probably the hardest. The thing about creativity, I think, is that you can’t really run out of it. Creativity begets more creativity – the more you use, the more you have, and even though you might be thinking you'll be limping to the finish line on Day 30, by then this will almost certainly be easier to do, not harder.
And if I'm lying, you can throw a tomato at me or eviscerate me in fiction or something.
Also - if you only just found out about this challenge, or didn’t quite hit the seven poems, THAT IS TOTALLY OKAY. The most important thing is that you’re here doing it when you can, and that you’re taking part in whatever way works for you.
This challenge isn’t about 30 poems in 30 days - that’s just the mechanism. That's the how, not the why. The purpose of this challenge is to stretch yourself as an artist and, ultimately, to surprise yourself. When you have to write every day, you can’t plan it or obsesses over it, you just have to get the words on the page. And it’s remarkable what can come from that simple act.
The other thing about this challenge is that it forces writers to grapple with some of their most dreaded horrors, over and over.
You have to face the terror of the blank page, every day. You have to defy writer’s block, every day. You have to share your work with your peers, every day. You have to be satisfied enough with a piece to call it ‘finished’, every day.
Those things are what the challenge is really about, at least for me. So, if you’re just now joining up, or if you plan do the challenge slightly differently than 30 poems in 30 days, that is perfectly okay. All that matters is that you’re here, grappling along with us, one way or another
Anyway, that whole overblown speech aside - I wanted to say that I’ve been really enjoying all the pieces that have been put in the collab so far. Some are hilarious, some are heartbreaking, some are sexy, some are about the periodic table of the elements – we’ve got it all. And that is gorgeous. I can’t wait to see the rest!
And just a reminder - if you need a little inspiration, there is a list of (entirely optional) themes for the entire 30 days here. And I’ve also created an album for poems I think have huge remix potential here, which you could use to do voiceovers, make graphics, pull as song lyrics, etc. I really want to emphasize that this collab is not just for writers – I’d love to see a graphic artist illustrating a poem every day, or someone pledging to do a voiceover of one poem every day. There are a ton of ways hitRECordrs can get involved.
Thank you for taking this mad challenge with me. I can’t wait to see what comes of it!
Your local poetaster,
It was a medium for ideas, heat, and sound,
So we decided to call it a "Human", a noun.
out among the stricken corn,
the air is ominous.
it fills my throat with tar.
so heavy, it sinks
like rust into the bones of a city.
we have forgotten
to fly like birds
we'll fall like stars
All share a table.
(Just finished my science midterm.)
The only time a hickey is funny
is when it's self inflicted with an object unexpected
let me become a habit
a part of your life that you can't shake
This collaboration is an invitation, a challenge, NAY, a DARE — can you write a poem a day, every day, for a month?
Here is the mad scheme - write 30 poems in 30 days. That's it. One month of your life, one poem every day.
We tattered few who have done it can promise: it’s kind of awful, kind of wonderful, never easy, and always worth it.
ARE YOU A WRITER? BRING IT.
Get your poem-a-day on!
Start right now! Or tomorrow! Or after you've had a bagel! Whatever!
NOT A WRITER? NO PROBLEM.
You can still do a ton through this collab!
We want readings of poetry, we want videos of you performing spoken word, we want blackout poetry, we want you to turn poems into songs, we want your illustrations of these poems. We want it all!
You can submit your voiceovers or performances to the RECITE A POEM EVERY DAY collab.
For more details on Poem Every Day, here is a quick FAQ.
- take a poem and use it as lyrics
- do a reading of a poem
- Something else!
- make blackout poetry
- illustrate a poem or line of a poem you like
- take a photo inspired by a poem
- turn a poem into an image tale
- pair a line from a poem with a photo to make a One Scene Photo or a Scene from a Fictional Film
- compile an album of the poems with the most remix potential
- once you hit 30 poems, make an album of them and add it!
- reflections on how the month is going for you
- re-recs of your favorite poems
- make a typographic poster with a line from a poem you like
- remix a poem with a photo/illustration that pairs with it