Creative Area Specialist (Speculative Fiction)
National Poetry Month has now concluded, and it was a busy one for our resident poets!
The month is best known, of course, for the NaPoWriMo challenge, in which 30 poems must be written in 30 days. No fewer than seven of our members managed this - links to their works are given below.
And an honourable mention for midnightpoet, who managed more than half of the target number.
Grand Poetry Challenge
This was a new event; winners of poetry challenges from the past year, as well as regular judges, were eligible to write a piece on the topic of Spaces Unseen. Twelve intrepid versifiers took up the gauntlet.
Talking Dead by Firemajic
Negative Space by rcallaci
Beyond the Fray by Darkkin
Welcome Home by MidnightPoet
Gravity Of The Uterus by Gumby
Love Carefully by TJ1985
cleave by astroannie
Lost in Translation by jenthepen
The Consummation by John Oberon
So Close ... by Chester's Daughter
Deterioration by am_hammy
Somewhere ... by Phil Istine
Special congratulations to astroannie and Chester's Daughter, who shared the 1st prize in the judge's grades, and to Firemajic, who won the people's choice poll. Every contestant received at least two votes, which says a lot about the diversity of entries on display.
These were introductions to different forms of poetry; amsawtell kindly guided us through five structures. Check them out below; you may find some that you haven't seen before ...
There were interviews with three poets, two of whom are WF members. Check these out for an insight into the creative process!
Jennifer Christie Temple
R. H. Peat
Poem in your pocket
The purpose of this enterprise was to get people sharing their very favourite poems with other members; you can see some of the selections right here. Which poem would you have shared?
Of course, our regular monthly events took place as well. There was the Purple Pip Challenge, where ArrowInTheBowOfTheLord earned her first win by having the most improved quatrain, and the April challenge, where Tealynn and Chester's Daughter shared 1st place for their poems on the theme of "Suffer the Children." And let's not forget the usual wave of entries in the ever-popular Poetry forum!
So, that was the April that was. Any feedback, including ideas for next year, is of course welcome.