Or rather, stymied. Poets.org was hacked, so I cannot post today’s poem. Hopefully the earnest and dedicated programmers will get the site back up and working soon! And no, I won’t post the poem here on my blog because then it is on the internets forever. I want the search engines to work a little bit harder to find these poems so I don’t foil my chances at getting them published. And yes, I have been deleting them from Poets.org. These poems come with an expiration date, known only to me (and entirely at the whim of my laziness meter for the day).
I’m going to try the NaPoWriMo thing again: write a poem a day for the entire month of April. I’ll be posting links to the poems here, but the poems will be on the Poets.org forum
(which has been my poetic home for many years). Of course, if I decide to send any out, I’ll be deleting them there, but you should be able to read them during April (they’ll be first drafts, in need of revision).
This will be my fourth year of NaPoWriMo. I’ve had wonderful luck with the poems I wrote in past Aprils: my chapbook, The book of small treasures
, was written during NaPoWriMo 2007. In 2008 I began my book-length manuscript of poems, Dark matter
. A selection of those poems won the 2009 Ellen La Forge Memorial Prize in Poetry, and the manuscript made it to the semi-finals on another contest. An unpublished manuscript of sonnets (Cloud studies
) was written in 2009 (I have high hopes for those), as were the poems that form the backbone of my novel, The Quantum Archives (
the poems made it to the semi-finals at The Black Lawrence Press’ Black River chapbook competition).
So, I really have no excuse. Even if it feels like I’m skinning myself again, I’ll be trying to write a poem a day. I’ve got a theme and a few written already, so I even have something with which to work. Good luck to all of you who are going to be writing this year, too!