Calling All Poets #Pathways #NPM #NaPoWriMo #NationalPoetryMonth

During the month of April, I will write poem-ish pieces inspired by my frequent walks in the natural world. Trails, paths, signs, and views always intrigue and inspire me. I have left my challenge open so that the poems may take any form — haiku, free verse, borrowed line, blackout — and who knows which direction they will go in or how often they will appear.

Calling All Poets

Ice House Landing, Assabet River Rail Trail, Maynard, MA March 2019

A peek at my process

When I saw a notice at our local library for a “Haiku Workshop & Nature Walk” co-sponsored by our local community gardening group, I couldn’t resist! This morning, a small group of us will gather along the Assabet River Rail Trail, one of my favorite local walks here in Maynard, Massachusetts, for a lecture on haiku, a nature walk along the rail trail, and then a bit of writing time. I can’t think of a better way to start this first weekend of National Poetry Month. Can you? I captured this image of Ice House Landing, our meeting spot this morning, during a walk in March 2019. I agree with Thoreau, whose wise words greet us with each visit, that a town with a river has wings. I’m hoping my words will indeed take flight there.

And introducing…

Yesterday, members of the Poetry Friday family launched the 10th annual Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem originally organized by author/poet, Irene Latham. Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche took over two years ago as the organizer. Many members of the #PoetryFriday family have signed up to provide a line for the 2022 poem. Irene Latham kicked things off yesterday with a first line to get us going. You can find her offering here on her blog, Live Your Poem. Today, Donna Smith at Mainely Write takes over. Her line is here. Both poets have opted to borrow lines from literature, so I guess this is now officially a thing! I’m excited to provide the 19th line on April 19th. I hope you’ll join us to see what happens. An adventure has begun! Here’s the itinerary for the poem.

2022 Progressive Poem Itinerary:

April 1 Irene at Live Your Poem
2 Donna Smith at Mainly Write
3 Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core
4 Mary Lee at A(nother) Year of Reading
5 Buffy at Buffy Silverman
6 Molly at Nix the Comfort Zone
7 Kim Johnson at Common Threads
8 Rose Cappelli at Imagine the Possibilities
9 Carol Varsalona at Beyond Literacy Link
10 Linda Baie at Teacher Dance
11 Janet Fagel at Reflections on the Teche
12 Jone at Jone Rush MacCulloch
13 Karin Fisher-Golton at Still in Awe
14 Denise Krebs at Dare to Care
15 Carol Labuzzetta @ The Apples in my Orchard
16 Heidi Mordhorst at My Juicy Little Universe
17 Ruth at There is no such thing as a God-forsaken Town
18 Patricia at Reverie
19 Christie at Wondering and Wandering
20 Robyn Hood Black at Life on the Deckle Edge
21 Kevin at Dog Trax
22 Margaret at Reflections on the Teche
23 Leigh Anne at A Day in the Life
24 Marcie Atkins
25 Marilyn Garcia
26 JoAnn Early Macken
27 Janice at Salt City Verse
28 Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference
29 Karen Eastlund at Karen’s Got a Blog
30 Michelle Kogan Painting, Illustration, & Writing


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