April was National Poetry Month and to celebrate I set out to write a poem a day. I finished my 30th poem of the month today, April 30th. These are all first drafts. They will need a bit more refining before I submit them to markets. Nevertheless, I have 30 new poems.
Three of the thirty, I polished and submitted to Under Her Skin: A women in Horror Poetry Showcase. I’m honored that they were accepted and will be included in the showcase slated for release in April 2022.
I also enjoyed reading a few poetry collections this month: A Collection of Nightmares by Christina Sng, Cradleland of Parasites by Sara Tantlinger and Brothel by Stephanie M. Wytovich. All wonderful reads by fantastic horror poets.
For more poetry inspiration, though the women above provided plenty, I read two books on the craft of poetry: The Triggering Town: lectures and essays on poetry and writing by Richard Hugo and Poemcrazy: freeing your life with words by Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge. I learned something, or several somethings, from both of them and would recommend.
The above are my reads for this month. There are many more amazing poets and craft books I’d recommend, as well. Perhaps I’ll do some future blog posts on them, or feel free to email for personalized recommendations.