The Problem with Poetry...
...for me at least is how easy it is to get sucked into the various things you can do with it.
Don't get me wrong my poetry isn't world changing, but there is so much that we can do that is associated with poetry in some way. Up until last month I had loads of projects on the go, and now that my brief stint making an idiot of myself on stage as Laurie in Little Women is almost over (just two shows left YAY!) the thought of picking it all back up again is not as appealing.
Last month I found myself: editing videos of poets performing their work, recording a regular slot for a website's podcasts, putting together another anthology of poetry (with a different printer and proof reader to ensure better quality), organising guest poets for the next few River View Open Mics (our next guest on March 1st is the Young Poet Maria Stebbing), updating the website for the Wirral Alliance of Poets (simple enough but another thing on the to-do list), organising another day of filming poets and their work, having to take back control of my own website (The Writer's Forum) after the guy I handed the keys over to failed to update anything...grrrr.
All of this made me realise that I had actually forgotten to do the thing that started it all!
What has come over me that I have stopped writing poetry?
Well thankfully, having sat in the Little Theatre for the last few nights with little to do other than wait and play solitare I have written 12 poems! Thank goodness for that half hour before the play starts each night hey?
That said I do now face the daunting prospect of getting back into the swing of things and picking up my rather long to-do list.....
But you know what? I really don't mind because for the first time in two months I will once again be able to start going back to poetry events instead of rehearsals.....YAY!