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 firstname.lastname@example.org.