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Napo 2012   Leave a comment

The Voice (U.S. TV series)

The Voice (U.S. TV series) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Another NaPoWriMo has come and gone, and, as opposed to last year, I actually got about 5 poems written. There was a time when I was able to write 30 poems in 30 days, but age, 3 kids, and a serious illness have kept me from keeping up. So, I’m happy with what I got done.

 

National Poetry Month, National Poetry Writing Month for poets, is a great excuse to get off your butt and get writing if, like me, you’ve been going through a dry spell. It’s amazing how easy it is to just stop writing, telling yourself you’ll do it tomorrow, next week, maybe next month. And then you think it’ll be hard to get back in the game, you let the ideas pile up in the back of your mind, you catch up on watching the Voice.

 

But guess what? There are prompts everywhere, even in the showboating of Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine. One you pick up the pen, boot up the computer, and start writing, you wonder why you ever thought it would be so hard. It’s so easy! Like riding a bike! The ideas start flooding back through you, you start to revise, and you’ve got some fresh work to submit instead of the tired old poem you’ve already sent out a hundred times before.

 

It doesn’t matter if you get five, thirty, or just one really good, tight poem. The important thing is to turn off the TV and get writing!

 

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Review of Redneck Poems by Rusty Barnes   Leave a comment

Rednecks and Broomsticks

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http://gentlyread.wordpress.com/2011/03/02/helen-peterson-on-redneck-poems-by-rusty-barnes/

A few months ago, Dan Casey from Gently Read Lit asked me to write a review of Rusty Barnes’ recent collection, Redneck Poems. It was a fun project to do, I hadn’t done a review in a few years, and it was good to flex those muscles again.

It was also good practice for putting my own collection together, seeing what works, what doesn’t. But more of that some other time. Enjoy the review, and if you haven’t yet done so, give Rusty a read.

Slow Trains   Leave a comment

Boston Red Sox Cap Logo

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http://www.slowtrains.com/vol9issue4/petersonvol9issue4.html

Haiku is something that all poetry editors dread. Trust me. No, really.  As the managing editor for Chopper Poetry, the two things that automatically got put in the slush pile were the haiku and iambic pentameter. The  thing you want as an editor is the thing that is going to make people think, something they’ve never seen before. And the rules of haiku are so simple, everyone thinks they can write a good one. As my good friend and former co-editor Tom Weigel once said when we got a whole sheet covered with haiku, “that isn’t haiku. It’s a sentence.” Or, a Buzz Lightyear might say, “a sentence.. with style!”

All that being said, yes. I’ve published haiku. I write some haiku from time to time. And, on rare occasions, another editor publishes my haiku. Like the good folks at Slow Trains did this past spring, when they published “Sox-ku”.

Yes, haiku about baseball. Who knew such a thing was even possible? If you know me, you know about my undying love for the Boston Red Sox. NESN is a popular channel here in the Peterson residence. But one night, piling on the couch with the kids and the popcorn, prepping for a Big Papi night, we turned on the TV to discover that while the skies were blue down here in Connecticut, they were gray and pouring in Boston.

So it goes. I switched the TV to Cartoon Network, stole half the bowl of popcorn, and wrote this haiku instead. Anything can be a poem. Dieting, motherhood, and baseball. Sometimes all in the same afternoon. Who knew?

So tonight, on this sleepy Sunday, turn on the TV and write haiku, or sonnets, or even, if you’re ambitious, a sestina or two. Work those brains for tomorrow. Who knows, maybe you’ll come up with something different enough to escape the slush.