thoughts on writing 30 poems

    As I write this, I have just finished the main writing portion of the poetry challenge I was doing this month. There is still the process of choosing 20 of the poems to be worked on further to have a chapbook to submit, but my initial thoughts are these:

    1. Poetry is fun to write — there are so many forms that you can play with, and there are great books and resources available to help make the process even better.
    2. Quantity begets quality — it will be a struggle to choose 20 poems because there aren’t that many good ones, but I have written some of my best stuff this month because I was doing this challenge.
    3. Poetry is fun to read — especially if you find someone like John Cooper Clarke or the UK’s current Laureate, Simon Armitage.
    4. It’s incredibly satisfying to do a small creative task every single day. There were a couple of days when I had to catch up because of work, but I am here on the 30 November having written 30 poems. No other time in my life has that been the case.

    Behind these stone walls is a place of comfort


    Where there is a fire burning and wooden tables

    A dog sleeps on a rug

    Where there is walnut and oak and brass

    A chair by a table

    Where there is glass and amber and darkest night

    A meal with friends

    Where the night is too short and the pour is long

    A world away