I am poetry personified.

Hi, fellow poets.  This is my first marathon, but I’m doing the full 24 hours.  The challenge is invigorating, and inviting.  I think it’s a great idea and I’m looking forward to it.  What I most look forward to is reading my poems days or weeks later, and seeing what’s good, great, and what is total crap.  Each time I write, I think it’s gold, until I read it later.  This will be a leap into 24 hours of my brain, in its first language.  I feel we don’t just write poetry as a skill or talent – it’s a need.  Poets cannot fully be who they are without an outlet for verse.

The Marathon

Hi Everyone,
I’m  Harvey Schwartz and I’m a Techno-phobic.
It’s kinda like I just moved to a new town and know the basic route to get from my house to work…but get me a block away and I’m lost. That’s how I am with computers.
I don’t do any social media but I do take writing classes at Western WA University…which has forced me to learn the major streets…
But – I’m a little slow negotiating the curves of websites or blogs or whatever we are cyber sharing at this moment.
Somewhere – related to this event – I put a bio/statement of purpose that I’ve been playing with.
So – I’m gonna assume that you can read that if you’re interested.
And, either way I wrote a prep poem today that is listed below.
(And just to be honest and qualify my presence – it’s possible that a visit from an out of town son could derail this project for me – but I’d love to do it and hope that I can.)
I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with and how I deal with poetry fatigue.
Harvey Schwartz
                                The Marathon

Being in a poetry marathon is like being the nail.

And an overhead hammer is racing toward me
Like a clock that is slowly ticking – about to hit the next hour.

Or is it a flower petal that absorbs rays from the sun?
which is really my keyboard

that is clacking away

noisy sun

      petal to the metal

Or is it a chance to exercise?

stretch mind muscles to

throw instead of catch

As if all the world’s a stage…

     and I’m the understudy
     and he really did break a leg.
                             Harvey Schwartz

So this is where my inquisitive mind gets me…?

Hello everyone and greetings from Northern Ireland! My name is Anne and I’ve decided to do the full marathon. From the first, the very title of this project intrigued me, and I can’t wait to get started! I’ve been adrift from my own creative soul recently (work and more work got in the way) so now I’m diving straight into the deep end!

Im not sure what to expect, to be honest: I want this to challenge me and inspire me – and I already feel it will do just that. It’s a lovely feeling to be part of this group…all waiting to begin! I’m on GMT (plus daylight savings) so it’ll be an early start for me! xx

 

Hello from Maui

I am looking forward to this challenge….  I am part of the Maui Live Poets Society and need some new material. This will be great to push my work even further.

Hello!

My name is Jennifer Faylor, and I’m a poet from New York City. I’ll be doing the half marathon because I’m a little bit of a chicken and have never done a writing marathon this intense before! I’m excited to see what this brings out of me, and still brainstorming on a possible theme for my poems to all have.

Besides being a poet I’m also a freelance editor for other creative writers, a chocolatier, major daydreamer, and proud owner of one pet goldfish.

To prepare for the marathon I plan to clean my writing desk, do a meditation the evening prior, and stock up on edibles. I’m also considering turning off my phone for the whole day so that I won’t be distracted/pulled out of the experience by text messages/phone calls.

So excited and looking forward to this marathon with all of you! xoxo

Its all about soul..

Hey,my name is Hardika.

Well you already know my name ,
now something about my aim
I want to be a very good writer,
but often end up in an amateur fighter,
my writings are sometime good or bad
and I know I will learn like that
one should never stop fighting
as the key to learn is keep on writing..

Hello everyone..I am not good enough at writing poetry but still whenever I feel something that i am not able to convey or don’t want to share in simple words.. I write, without thinking about the outcome as I write them for my soul and this marathon is actually my attempt to explore myself through the deepest forms of writing and learning while doing so is just a bonus.

Whack the talk….

Hi,

The subject used to be the tag-line for an older, now defunct,  blog on rediff.com. I would like to start writing again and am looking for an excuse to do that.

The time difference will be something to watch. Also I am in the Middle East and we traditionally work on Sundays.

Should be fun 🙂

Cheers!

JW

 

 

Hello All

My name is Seema , I am an Occupational Therapist and a Reiki teacher and practitioner. I used to write poems in school and early college days but stopped after that. When I started practicing Reiki from spiritual perspective 2 years ago with focus on meditations and chanting I felt the urge to re start writing poems. I mostly write poems spiritual theme  based and use them as form of self healing. I hope to go with this marathon as far as I can go .

Thank you for having me here !!

Love

Seema

Hi-Adri Sinclair

Hello there fellow poets! I am Adri Sinclair, doing a full marathon.
I have never done anything like this, but I think it will be a great experience and challenge.
I am not natively English, so hopefully this won’t be too grammatically scarring for anyone out there reading!
I don’t really sleep very much – 2 hours a day – so I don’t feel like I’m giving up much on the sleep front.
I am a social writer – so will find a way to get loads of chats in via Skype, maybe Team Speak or Ventrillo…
I have only one small problem at the moment, and that is the fact that I am time-zone impaired. I need to figure out what time-zone to look at and what that means for my GMT!!
Lovely to meet you all!
XX

Introduction

I am Caitlin Jans but I write under the name Caitlin Thomson.

I came up with the idea to do a poetry marathon three years ago. I thought writing one poem every hour for twenty four hours would push my poetry in new directions.

I was really happy with the results of the first marathon. I have since published many of those poems (after varying amounts of revisions). I wrote poems about subjects I never imagined covering. One poem was titled “The Luxury of Death”.

This is the first time we are trying to do the marathon outside our group of friends so it is a little intimidating. But I love being part of a writing community. As a young writer I never was, but during Graduate School at Sarah Lawrence I was able to find and be part of a wonderful group of writers. I am excited to get a chance to read everyone’s work.

I am preparing for the marathon by attending a poetry reading on Friday, and by planning to do nothing but relax on Sunday. I am gathering a collection of 20 or so poetry books to refer to during the marathon for inspiration. We will go to bed early on Friday night.

We are stocking our house with cold brew coffee (no need to make it the day of), several meals, and a lot of small snacks.

I will also be gathering all 24 poetry marathon prompts and scheduling them to post on the site. So if you have any great prompts email them to me at poets@thepoetrymarathon.com.