30 Poems in November!

You may be familiar with NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month (in November) and NaPoWriMo, National Poetry Writing Month (in April). At The Waters, the online poetry forum that I co-administer, we also have NoPoWriMo, November Poetry Writing Month. That is, as if writing a poem a day weren’t hard enough in April, we do it in November as well.

This means 30 new poem drafts twice a year. It’s true that not all of them are keepers. Some need a little work, others lots of work, and some just get scrapped. If I’m lucky, I salvage something from each draft — if only a good idea or image or turn of phrase.

Now that November’s over, it’s time to get busy on revisions and submissions!