I took a break from poetry reading, writing, and living on Thursday and wandered up into the city with my mom and sister. We ate a ton of amazing Indian food at Mela Tandoori and watched Wicked in the gorgeous Orpheum theater. The musical was just as powerful and amazing as it was when we saw it six years ago.
My favorite song is “Defying Gravity,” which always has me singing to myself after hearing it as well as wanting to find my own ways to defy gravity. For the moment, I think accomplishing all the poeming that I’m accomplishing this month works for me. For the most part, I feel as though I’m flying through words and it’s wonderful, although I foresee some headwinds in the near future.
What Iâ€™m Reading
I’ve shared a number of excellent poetry books this week, but I’m most excited about From the Standard Cyclopedia of Recipes by B.C. Edwards, in which each poem is presented in a psuedo-recipe format.
I’m puttingÂ Gateway by Frederik Pohl aside for the moment, probably until I can get through April.
What Iâ€™mÂ Poeming
More poetry words on the page for the 30/30 challenge. My initial burst of writing flow has slowed down some. I’m still managing to get at least one poem out per day (pretty much), but I’m also feeling a little worried as I look ahead to the 20 more poems I still need to write this month.
The poems I’ve completed this week (all will be taken down at the end of
the monthÂ May):
- Dorothy Gale â€“ Our Lady of Homecoming
- Sarah Connor â€“ Our Lady of Self Determination
- Bella Swan â€“ Our Lady of Young Love
- Dana Scully â€“ Our Lady of Rational Thought
- Smurfette â€“ Our Lady of Lone Representation
- She-Ra â€“ Our Lady of Transformative Power
- Annie Wilkes â€“ Our Lady of Fandom
Goal for the Week:
- Get those poems per day written and posted!
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