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Poetry is possibly one of the most unpopular forms of literature in existence today. Trying to get people to read something other than their own Facebook news feed is a challenge, so trying to open people's minds to the medium of poetry- an outlet most people haven't looked at since they were last forced to just before they left school- is particularly tough.
I'm one of the few people I know with an interest in the form, and I've been dabbling with poetry throughout April. After all, April was National Poetry Writing Month in America, and a lot of the blogs I read are US-based (see the blogrolls on the right). I thought I'd get involved. Whether any of my friends or regular blog readers checked out my numerous poetry posts I don't know. Whether anyone thought any of these posts made any sense is also debatable. But the organisers of NaPoWriMo came up with some interesting prompts and I enjoyed dabbling with these ideas.
At the start of the month, my plan was to focus on feedback on poems and getting work published. Well, I've found a good site for getting reviews on poetry. I'll write it up here soon. But I spent most of the month working with the surprisingly effective prompts (the fruits of which can be seen in the last few blog posts, with a few more in the pipeline). Publication, however, is unlikely to happen until late this year...