SingPoWriMo: April’s 30-Day Challenge

Screen Shot 2018-04-20 at 8.26.34 PM The past few months have been pretty chill in the writing department:  writing as and when I felt like it, as the spirit moved.  Break-time over, time to work with a little more focus.  What better way to do this than to take part in SingPoWriMo, Singapore’s very own Poetry Writing Month.

Come join me on another crazy ride?

Feature Photo: Fountain found in the Healing Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens

21 Replies to “SingPoWriMo: April’s 30-Day Challenge”

  1. Like the Widow said, I admire those who can write – and understand – the nuances of poetry. I struggle to ‘get’ the art of that advanced construction of words and I often completely miss the point. I guess symbolism is just lost on me.

    … but your opening poem is a powerful one and does speak to me. These are words which I’ve tried to live by
    “If only
    we could see past ourselves
    to the world that is ours to explore,
    to discover … to choose a different path
    that leads beyond that which we touch, feel.
    It is right there, just there.”

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    1. Thank you so much, Joanne, for your affirming words!

      One of the challenges of writing with this Poetry Community is not to be intimidated by the intensity and intellect of the reading & feedback. My daughter (whom I consider to be an Excellent Poet, and not just because I am her Mother) has repeatedly encouraged me not to worry about Understanding the Poem (and about poetic devices, symbology, etc). Responding to the work (feelings & thoughts evoked), according to her, is more important.

      I am not sure I am entirely convinced, but I soldier on and attempt to work at Responding as opposed to fussing about Understanding.

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      1. I took a creative writing class several years ago and the professor said something that really stuck … you can take all the classes you like, but in the end the only way to become a better writer is to write. A lot.

        We used to have to critique each other’s work in class and I HATED that part. Only in hindsight do I now realize that learning how to critique – both positively and negatively – has also helped my writing.

        It feels very intimidating to comment on someone else’s work and yet the process of giving feedback can be very affirming.
        I agree with your daughter – respond to any piece of writing – or a photograph! – based on what moves you … although I acknowledge it’s not always easy!!

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        1. You know, Joanne, I think we are very similar in how we respond to the creative process. The head constantly wants to dominate although we know we have to allow the other senses to have air-time!

          Yes, write, I shall. And hopefully, all the reading & responding will make me a better writer at the end of the day!

          Thank you for taking the time to understand where I’m coming from, and for the encouragement!

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          1. Unfortunately, with my head dominating, that usually means that most draft posts never actually get posted. The head deems them too “something” and they get abandoned on the reject pile.

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