The trigger for my new project has dropped. This will take… years, probably.
Watch for a change on this site – a special page where you can follow my progress.
A writing challenge that is 100 POEMS LONG.
I first read about the challenge that inspired this one at Vancouver Poetry House.
Now THAT challenge (doing 100 poems in a row without repeating at the slam) was not one I was interested in taking on. I find that it takes me a couple of performances to even really feel a good poem.
As the challenged progressed, though, I saw a Vancouver poet – whom I have never met, other than jumping onto a Skyped Birthday wish at CFSW last fall – providing a list of his poem names as he went. His name is Duncan Shields.
I became interested in the idea of using these poem TITLES as a springboard. Finally I decided to do it. I told Duncan, via message board, that when he reached 100 poems, I was going to start writing poems inspired by the TITLES of his 100.
As I said, I have never met Duncan, nor have I heard or read his poetry. (Once I decided to do this project, I avoided watching videos of him performing any of these poems.)
It will be interesting (to me at least) how our pieces will differ. I already have an idea for the first one and I would bet that Duncan’s poem ‘Beverage Lids’ is not about being a touring poet or about coastal fishermen.
Inspiration is a funny thing.
So, you can follow along here. I will be posting them in my regular blog as well as in a special page on the blog. If Duncan wants, we can post his poems after I do my version. That is his call.
Should be fun.