The Poetry Runaround
This week's post is all about fun and games you can have with poetry. It's that hiatus that arrives in the summer, bridging academic terms in college studies and online classes alike. If you're like me and would like to find something to keep your poetry motor ticking over, I've got two suggestions to share with you ... I've already signed up for both of them :)
We're Going on a Poetry Hunt
Michael Rosen's We're Going on a Bear Hunt, read by Michael on YouTube in that link, is a brilliantly enjoyable story! It was written in 1989, pretty much the same time I began writing my first poems. I must admit that I'd never heard Michael Rosen reading the story himself, and after listening to that YouTube video yesterday, I went back and listened to it several more times, one after the other — it is just so much fun! :)
The poetry group, Live Canon invite you to join their virtual poetry treasure hunt during August.
After the success of the virtual treasure hunt last summer.... it's back!
Each day you receive a clue. You'll need to hunt in the work of a particular poet to find the answer.
This is a great way to pack some poetry reading into your summer, discover new poets and have fun.
You can join in from anywhere you can get online... and if you miss a day you can catch up...
At the end of the month you'll need all your answers to solve the final puzzle.
I've not done this treasure hunt before, so I'm looking forward to participating during August — it'd be wonderful to find my poetry footsteps treading the same virtual route as yours. I promise that if there are any bears to find, we'll find 'em :)
Poetry Gran Turismo
There's a certain je ne sais quoi about feats of endurance. The Le Mans 24 Hour car race being one renowned example. You may not know it, but there's a poetry equivalent ready to welcome you for a 24 hour poetry test.
endurance racing requires cars that last and spend as little time in the pits as possible.
At the same time, the layout of the track necessitated cars with better aerodynamics and stability at high speeds. While this was shared with Grand Prix racing, few tracks in Europe had straights of a length comparable to the Mulsanne. Additionally, because the road is public and thus not as meticulously maintained as permanent racing circuits, racing puts more strain on the parts, increasing the importance of reliability.
I have trouble staying awake for 24 minutes, let alone 24 hours, but I relish the challenge of finding out if my poetry can survive this epic endurance challenge.
The Goal: Write one poem every hour, for twenty-four hours, straight.
The Reward: In one day you will write a chapbook worth of poems. An admirable achievement. You also get the satisfaction and bragging rights that comes with completing a challenge, as well as the Official Marathon Writer’s Certificate.
(The Poetry Marathon)
... Don't forget to stock up on poetry plasters for the blisters on your fingertips :)
The Living is Easy
The very best of poetic luck to you, whatever poetry activities you're undertaking this summertime. Living is easy, it's writing the poetry about it that's the hard part ;) xx
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