Today, I found a link to this Poetry Project on Geeky Daddy's blog. Needless to say, I saw the words poetry and project together, and got very excited. It's a year-long project, designed to encourage reading and discussion about poetry. From what I gather, you post once a month. They have a guideline topic for each month, but it's not required that your post be about that, and there are no specific days that you have to post. Sounds like my kind of challenge. Here is the Intro Questionnaire for this month:
Why do you want to join for the Poetry Project?
I love poetry. I'm happier when I read/hear it regularly, but find I often don't make time for it. I figure this project will help me keep that part of my brain active, as well as expose me to some new poets and new thoughts on poetry.
Do you have a favourite poet?
This is a hard one. Right off the top of my head I would say E.E. Cummings, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Robert Frost.
Hopefully this will go longer than a year. Do you have any suggestions for themes?
Perhaps poems from different countries, in translation? Or a glimpse into a poet's life, followed by a few examples of his/her work
What are your experiences with poetry in the past? Have they been positive or negative?
I have had mainly positive experiences. Most of the time, they've been better when I've been able to discuss them with others.
Tell us about a poem or poet that has had a profound effect on you. If you can't think of a poem, how about a song? Or a line from a story?
Another hard one for me. The first one I thought of was Robert Frost's "Mending Wall." I reread it a year ago, and realized that there is a reason we study it in school
What frustrates you about poetry or the way we talk about poetry?
I think that the language used to discuss poetry needs to be more accessible. I don't want it dumbed-down, but if the idea is to encourage the reading of poetry by people all over, you should be able to discuss a poem without the need of an English degree.
Tell us something about yourself that has nothing to do with poetry!
I'm expecting my third child in October, so that will be three kids under the age of five (I'm excited, but a little scared). I love to make things and bake, especially pie!