So I just wrote thirty poems in thirty days. This is the third time I've challenged myself with this feat (with the original April Word Project last year and again in October), and it's always the same cycle: the first few days it takes a really long time for the poem to "arrive," I spend a lot of time staring at the wall, or out the window, or generally lamenting to myself. Always finding it difficult to find the time to make it all happen. Around day eight, a bit of a shift comes and I might come up with a banger, and then somewhere around day eleven, all of a sudden I'm taking notes on my phone and writing things down in the middle of work.
With each of these month-long projects, this lesson is affirmed: if you make space for art, something will always arrive to you. And, the runner-up lesson: you're not always going to make The Best Art Of Your Life. Which is totally okay. But you have to be ready (limber, research done, mantel prepared, etc etc) for when it does come. So doing the work, and thanking it for coming, no matter how small it may seem, is all you can do.
So, a giveaway:
as a thank you for following along with The April Word Project, I'm giving away two poems about whatever they want! For the winners last year, I wrote mooring (n). to commemorate a reader's journey with anxiety, and circadian (adj). as an anthem about starting a new chapter for another reader.
How to enter:
ON INSTAGRAM: Screenshot and share your favourite #aprilwordproject poem in your insta-story or on your profile and tag/ mention @visitjessjanz. Make sure you're following @visitjessjanz on instagram.
ON FACEBOOK/ TWITTER: go to visitjessjanz.com and pick your favourite April Word Project poem, and share it on your account. Make sure you tag me (Jess Janz on Facebook and @jessjanz on Twitter) so I can see that you've shared! Make sure you're following the Visit Jess Janz page on Facebook. You can see the whole collection here.
I'll be doing the draw on Friday, May Fourth, so you have a few days to pick your favourite!
(Photo by the brilliant Steph Ironside from Iron & Bragg Photography).