2nd January 2022
Greetings for the New Year of 2022.
As I write this today I wonder if hope can still be as fully present as I once thought. We are still subject to the whims of the pandemic when most of us thought it would be well behind us. My own health issues mean that I have to take care as I am more clinically vulnerable than I once was.
With this in my mind I wonder what this year may bring. I took a risk in December and played around with one of my poems, superimposing the words on the image I'd used to inspire the words as a total experiment. Even more of a risk for me was to submit the poem to an online poetry magazine called Streetcake and to my shock, it was accepted and will be published online in January. It has got me thinking how I can play with words and images as I love Ekphrastic poetry (poetry written from art) so now I need to investigate some software that enables this.
Even more risky is sending poems off to competitions. I have submitted to Magma and Yaffle and will look to write more for this.
I have signed myself up for one of Sue Burge's courses, again, called The Writer's Greenhouse, an intensive poetry course of ten hours with other writers. I have to take the plunge, the risk and own that title of poet. or I will never grow as a writer or person. I've realised that poetry has always been a part of my life thanks to my Dad. Now, maybe, I can just believe in myself and the dream I have.
A dream of getting a collection of poems published and a book launch with a difference. To have some of my poems used as lyrics and the person writing the music will sing them and we do a joint launch of song and spoken word, not for other poets or musicians but the people in the street who would never think poetry is for them. I long to break down the barriers. I don't have a degree in Creative Writing or such like. I've simply grown up with my father reading poetry to me and I've written poems since I was fifteen years old. I've a lifetime to poems saved in files that tell the story of my life and living. It's not an exclusive club, it is for anyone and that's what I'd love to show. I'd hire a small theatre for an intimate evening and end it with a joint Q & A.
When I have my collection ready then I'll be wondering if there is any musician/singer out there up for a crazy experiment. I'll put out the call and see where it goes. I don't believe I am even thinking this. I don't usually 'do' the standing up reading my stuff at an open mic! Maybe a new blog is needed, just for my writing.
Let us see what 2022 brings for the future and what paths lie before us to be walked.