Of the six poet resolutions I made last year, I accomplished four:
- Publish six poems: In 2013, seven poems were published
- Blackberry Literary Magazine: “Sighting: Mother,” “There is a Graveyard in My Belly,” and “Tuesday Morning Rain”
- Carolina Woman’s Magazine: “Transit of Venus,”
- Sou’wester: “Twenty Questions for Black Professionals”
- When Women Waken: “At Night I Dream of Trains” and “In Autumn While You Lay Dying”
- 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.