Hello, all. We have just two days to go until Na/GloPoWriMo. Can you smell it in the air? Sort of like fresh ink and old paperbacks…

We’re now up to hundreds of participants with websites where they’ll be posting their work. I always enjoy peeking at other people’s progress, and finding inspiration there. Once April gets started, perhaps you’ll do the same?

In the meantime, here is another craft resource for your perusal. In his essay, Got Poetry?, Jim Holt discusses the practice of memorizing poetry. I memorized a lot of poetry as a child, and have found it wonderful not just for entertaining myself at bus stops (we didn’t always have iPhones), but because it creates a sort of mental index of the sounds of poetry — rhythms and beats and ways of expression that I can consult when writing without having to stop and go look something up.

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