Tuesday, April 06, 2010

NaPoWriMo #6

Back to work after the Easter break today and suddenly I don't have all day to sit around thinking about what I'll write. I'm not sure that it makes much difference, if I do have all day I tend to procrastinate and push something out in fifteen minutes or so anyway.

I have this fantasy that I should spend hours carefully crafting my poems, but in the end I think most of them are written like this. Then, the ones I don't care about too much get left, and the ones I do care about get set aside for a while, then I return to them and try to refine them so that my face to face writing friends grasp what I really intended in the first place.

Once again, the prompt at Readwritepoem didn't really inspire me. So I pulled another idea from the stock of ideas that I have been putting off actually writing for the last few months. I suspect most of these ideas will prove to be not that great after all. But at least getting them down on paper at last will free me up for something else to flow (I hope). This is from our trip to the UK in 2007, which I am still processing.

(All NaPoWriMo poems have now been removed for possible editing and submissions. Contact me if you would like to read them.)

12 comments:

Stan Ski said...

I write, nake corrections where necessary and leave it at that. There's always the next one, and it's a gauge of development...
Your poem...
The noise some memories make is incredible isn't it?
And that feeling of nostalgia can overwhelm.
Great piece!

swiss said...

familiar territory for me. lovely!

Marisa said...

So evocative. Lovely piece, Catherine.

Ron. said...

Thanks for bringing me along. Enjoyed the travelogue.

Robin said...

Wonderful sounds and images!

thelaughinghousewife said...

I like what you've done here: the days before a wife and children anchored him to shore

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rob kistner said...

Vivid, crisp, tactile, and very engaging. I liked this a heck-of-a-lot Catherine...
...rob
Image & Verse

poemblaze said...

Vivid and enjoyable read.

Greg O'Connell Poet in Schools said...

"before a wife and children anchored him to shore": clever and strong. (Why not end there?) I loved your attention to detail in this piece, Catherine. It totally transported me. "Keillor's factory" suggested the contemporary Garrison Keillor (who features on the Poetry Foundation website). =)

Andy Sewina said...

Yeah, really enjoyed this and know the feeling all too well of not being able to find a bed for the night. Love the way you tied this in with Scott and the Antarctic.

flaubert said...

Catherine,
Quite a lovely piece!
Pamela

Kay McKenzie Cooke. said...

I love that you didn't tell us how you resolved the lack of accom. Didn't need it and would've spoiled the effect ...
The journey was the important thing - a great poem. 'Dundee in the dark' has a lovely sound to it.
You've achieved a lot of very neat things in this poem.