The new year is here! Fresh start, clean slate. New plans and goals. The gift of beginning again.
Ok, just two new goals! I want to write more poetry this year–12 poems for the 12 moons. From this vantage point, that seems doable. But it is more than I wrote last year. I think the measurable part will be helpful. It’s easy to see where I am and where I need to be. But really it’s a growth goal–that’s the direction I want to be moving in.
I brainstormed a whole list of related tasks that will be supporting this larger work:
- Poetry Friday–such a wonderful group of writers!
- Writer’s Almanac–it’s good for me to hear language and Garrison has impeccable taste
- reading in the Norton Anthology–it’s what Billy Collins teaches from
- researching Dorothy Wordsworth and Osip Mandelshtam
- poetry teatime
- personal copywork from the psalms
- working through Write Poetry Today
I also will be working through Adventures in Seeing: How the Camera Teaches you to Pause, Focus, and Connect with Life by Kim Manley Ort. Last summer I took the course, and I got the book for Christmas. It’s finely made and a joy to hold in my hands. Almost every week there is a photo prompt. I am notoriously bad at working with prompts, but Kim’s tend to be wide open and engaging. So. 45 photographs and 12 poems. A body of work in the new year.