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Poet Resolutions 2014

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2014Of the six poet resolutions I made last year, I accomplished four:

  • Publish six poems: In 2013, seven poems were published
  • Share my poetry: April and November poems appeared on the blog.
  • Talk to more double life poets: This year I spent time with double-life poets and prose writers, including Tracey Gratch, whose poem I found while reading a scientific article for a work project.
  • Blend double lives more: In addition to listing poems on LinkedIn, I read a few poems during my birthday celebration at work. During the travel for the work project I lead, several people had checked me out and inquired about the MFA.

This year’s resolutions are not too different.

Teach a poetry workshop: This goal was on last year’s list, but I didn’t find the courage or time to do it. This year, the co-organizers of Living Poetry have mapped out a series of poetry workshops, including two workshops on revisions and publishing your work that I volunteered to teach/co-teach.  The LP organizers are good about keeping me on task.

Organize three poetry readings: Last year, I organized two poetry readings for the weekly Science Café at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. The museum has agreed to making this reading an annual event. So now I have to find two other opportunities to organize a reading in 2014.

Six poems published: This goal worked last year, so I’m keeping it on the list. This goal requires me to write and submit, which is always the struggle as a double-life poet.

Spend more time with poets: When my work project picked up steam in July,  I had a more difficult time finding time to spend with poets. Sure I  helped to organize poetrySpark in September and was a featured reader at the West End Poetry Festival in October, but I barely saw poets in the last two months of the year.  So I think spending time with poets at least once a month is a good way to operationalize this goal.

Start a poetry project: I have no idea what this goal means or what it will look like. It may blend my love of science with my love of poetry. It may mean collecting work poems or poems by double-life poets. We’ll see!

What are your poetic goals for 2014? Feel free to share them in a comment.

Author: poetsdoublelife

Poet and data guru living in Durham, NC.

7 thoughts on “Poet Resolutions 2014

  1. It has been such a pleasure to read your inspirational blog posts these past few months and I look forward to witnessing another productive and inspirational year. For me, I like the idea of publishing 6 poems. Last year I got one published along with an academic essay, this year I will work on collecting at least a chapbooks worth of poems to send out as well as some individual poems. Last year I opened myself up to creative possibility and I wound up in China! This year I will open myself up to whatever creative endeavors come my way. I have been thinking of organizing a poetry reading when I return in July. I’d LOVE for you to come on down to GA and read with me (would be two you could check off your list…). Once I start planning I’ll let you know. Until then, take care and keep the poems coming!! HAPPY NEW YEAR :-)

    • Oh I would LOVE to do a poetry reading with you in GA! That’s such a great idea. And I like keeping yourself open to creative possibility. I’m going to do the same. Keeping having a wonderful time in China!

  2. Congrats on a successful 2013. You definitely need to spend more time with poets. I hope to have figured out the theme for my next book by the end of 2014.

  3. Pamela, We’ve got three themes this year on When Women Waken: Power (by January 15); Knowing (by mid-April) and Delight late in the summer for the Fall Winter edition. So glad we could be part of your achieving your 2013 goals. We’d love the chance to read more of your poems and hopefully include them. – Anora

  4. Wow! Congrats!

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