The Poetry Marathon 2022 Summary Post
Hello fellow writers and poets,
Thank you kindly for all of your warm words of encouragement and feedback so far. This year was a very difficult journey through the marathon event as it was much more internal and insular than in previous years.
Not only was I against the clock throughout the event, but spent most of it proving care to my family members who I normally arrange support for while I am writing. This wasn’t possible this year, but it did not prevent my participation, although I was only able to transcribe my handwritten work after the marathon’s close which really made it feel like less of a win for me this year as networking and engaging with you all is a big part of what I come here to do each year.
I started strong, making it harder for myself than it had to be by writing five poems per hour for the first seven hours. The Gigan of hour 8 threw me and I lapsed behind for a few hours as I struggled to catch up. Midnight came and went and it wasn’t until 2am my time, or hour 12 of the event that I was fully caught up again. I wrote for two more hours, then had to go to bed for about four hours as I had to work for the last three hours of the event this year.
Never before have I written poetry in the dark in a cinema, but the marathon has a way of creating new experiences and this was certainly one of them.
I have had so much fun going through and transcribing my work to share it properly and I’m thrilled to have a fourth marathon under my belt, even if it doesn’t feel like the proper wins of the past.
Roll on The Poetry Marathon 2023 so that I can try again, but until then I leave you all with links to my responses to this years prompts.
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My thanks and eternal gratitude as always goes to Caitlin and Jacob for all they do for our creative community; and to Amanda, Renee, Ofuma, and Anjana your words of encouragement during the event made an impossible task feel doable. My friends it is always my honour to write along with you all.
Happy Writing. Stay Safe. Stay Distracted.