Last night, I was up past 1 a.m. because I hit a creative streak. I actually fought off sleep around 10 p.m. so I could read through a friend’s manuscript, edit my own second manuscript, and work on some Mass Poetry Festival planning. And now it’s about 5:30 a.m. Ugh. This is exactly what I have to avoid, but it’s hard to stop when I get into a groove.
So we’re at day 16 for the November PAD Challenge and … well … I’m on poem 14. Here’s what I can tell you about this challenge thus far:
- Writing daily poems saps my energy for everything else: writing blog posts, tweets, and Facebook status updates. I have diverted all auxiliary power to poeting. Nothing left to do but dump the warp core.
- When I don’t get enough sleep, I use phrases such as “dump the warp core” (Star Trek reference).
- As much as I hate getting behind on the daily postings, I have to or I’ll burn out. But I don’t mind catching up a day or two later to stay in track. Usually I have poems started but don’t have enough time to finish.
- I’m more self-conscious about putting drafts up than ever before. I feel very naked doing it. And yet I still do it.
East Coast meets West Coast! Join me at Porter Square Books tomorrow night at 7 as Susan Rich and I read together in Cambridge! It’s a nice warm-up to our reading in Miami at the Miami Book Fair International.
And, in Miami, I get to meet Jim Brock. Susan Rich AND Jim Brock in one week? How cool is that? Pictures to come.
I have a poem out in the new Ibbetson Street #28. Also in this issue is Marge Piercy, X.J. Kennedy, Kathleen Spivack, Daniel Tobin, Lyn Lifshin, Sam Cornish, Gloria Mindock, Tino Villanueva, Molly Lynn Watt and Tam Neville, to name a few.