I hand wrote a book of Poetry back in 1986, when studying English at college. It still exists (over there, in that box of papers) after being unearthed at the time of an Open University writing course in 2012. One of the required modules was poetry. Looking back on it now, that whole experience was painful: as a result, a resolution was made this would be a format which would be re-approached without prejudice and fear.
It took five years, but in 2017 brain was confident enough to start publishing a daily Haiku on Twitter. After that, it became a matter of practice.
I spent a month in November 2017 writing and creating Haiku ‘Thank You’ graphics for those people who’d supported my writing journey. There’s been countless weekly poem cycles, contest and mentorship applications… a willingness to produce my own, unique work continues to rise. It’s the same compulsion that sends body to the Gym to lift weights and improve muscle tone.
Only with daily, focused repetition and effort do the real changes begin to take place: undoubted mental exercise to complement the physical.
There’s also increasing satisfaction at being able to make graphics to go along with the poems. So much so, that space has now been made for everything to be spotlighted and celebrated. Having won a contest in December of 2018, enough confidence was gained to undertake a major poetry project in 2019, a piece of which is to be published in my first hardback anthology. We’ve come a long way since those tentative first experiments.
Here’s the place where everything lives going forward.