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The Project for January is A Poem A Day.

I have to give myself projects and challenges or I never get anything done. This time I have invited other poets to join me.

I guess the title is self-explanatory, but here's the invitation I sent out to other poets:

1) Write a poem each day during the month of January 2009.

2) Give yourself full permission to write mostly crap. The exercise does not call for a great poem or even a complete poem every day. The object of the exercise is to get you writing.

3) Spend February doing whatever you want with the poems you wrote in January. Ignore them. Revise them. Add bits of them together. Use all the titles to make another poem. Whatever.

4) On March 1, send me the best of what came out of your January writing and your February whatever. Send me your best pieces (one or two or even three really short ones, but no than will fit on a 8½” by 5½” page), and I will compile all I get into a booklet. All contributors get a free copy of the booklet. (Send a one or two sentence bio too, so readers of the booklet can learn a bit about you.)

The month is a little more than half over, and I have been doing pretty well. My writing on the days I work on a poem in the morning is better than on the days I put it off until right before bed. I have actually written several poems that I really like, and a couple more that I think have some potential. In March, in addition to the compilation zine of the poems other poets give me, I will put out one just of my writing. I need to find an image of a calendar for the cover. OH! I just had an idea!

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