Today marks the start of National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo), a project devised in the States to accompany National Poetry Month, whereby writers rise to the challenge of producing a poem a day throughout the month of April.

I’ve decided, with some trepidation, to have a go at this myself and have set aside the hour between 6.30 and 7.30 in the morning (after taking the dog out and before breakfast) to work on my poem-a-day. I love writing early in the morning – love the fact that the surreal world of dreams is still so close and also that my head is uncluttered with the rest of the day’s demands and activities.

The poems I produce in this precious, uninterrupted hour will be very rough first drafts – that’s certainly how I feel about this morning’s effort! – but I’m really excited to think that by the end of the month I’ll have reams of raw material to edit and rework. I always seem to be brimming with ideas for new poems but then fail to find enough time to commit to writing them – I let teaching or other work get in the way. So NaPoWriMo is a not-to-be-squandered opportunity!

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