"The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean; not to affect your reader, but to affect him precisely as you wish." ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The April Garden

A poem a day?
But what do I say?
And how to come up with so many?

I first have to find
A thought in my mind
And some days I doubt I have any.

I'll start with a seed
(Of flower or weed)
For sprouting and branching and linking,

And then when I know
The words that will grow,
I might understand what I'm thinking.

~ Tamary Shoemaker
(This poem started when I was thinking about NaPoWriMo. The phrase "A poem a day" came to mind, and the rhythm immediately led on to the thought "but what do I say?" The rest grew out of trying to express the feeling of creating a poem.)

Friday, March 18, 2011

April is National Poetry Month

We recently found out about NaPoWriMo, a challenge to write a poem every day during the month of April. Several of us want to participate, so we decided to start this blog as a place to put what we write. I'm Tamary Shoemaker, the mom of the family, and M., A., and T. will also be contributing. None of us claim to be great writers, but we know the value of practice!