We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit."Aristotle
I guess I may be a curmudgeon, but if you've read this far you'll know that. From my April 1st piece you'll see my first reaction to the whole write a poem a day idea was to slag off the arrogance of so called poets treating words so blithely, shitting out sonnets and vomiting up villanelles on demand. In reality though, I was just having a pop at the anonymous London poetry scene out of the frustration that knowing people always inevitably brings.
But after the first few days of April I found I was doing exactly that, writing a poem a day. So just to torture myself I persevered. Than by the 8th, the month got interesting in a landmark kind of way. That's when I decided to compile this journal. I'm not claiming the work to be beautifully crafted, although it is crafted as beautifully as my brutish hands can manage. I do hope that as time passes, because of the events we have lived through, it will be an interesting slice of nostalgia.
I did of course cheat. Somedays writing two poems, somedays writing none. Some photos were not taken on the day, and a few we're not taken by me at all. If that stuff bothers you, then I'm sorry to have consumed your life. If it doesn't bother you then please join me in thanking those who have unwittingly contributed: Calm Carl Chamberlain, Jane Taylor and my ever suffering wife Christine Adams without whom I would be unable to unlock any of this.
Ant, The GameCat, Smith
1st May 2013
NaPoWriMo is the slightly annoying modern style 'speak' for National Poetry Writing Month. I took part in 2013 and produced the booklet that you can download as a PDF with this button:
(perhaps use the 'donate' button at the bottom of the page if you do though?!)
There are a couple of poems in the collection that you won't find elsewhere - and the download includes images and facebook conversations from the day each poem was written. It's worth a look I think. (Oh, a couple of the poems in the collection have also been renamed on this website - that's just how it is, I'm dreadful and indecisive when it comes to titles...)