Magdalena’s Musings

A January of inspiring poems at the Community Poetry Circles this month. Thanks to the Santa Cruz Libraries for allowing us the venue and to the City of Santa Cruz for paying me to do this work. And for all the amazing folks who come to these workshops and write with me. I learn so much from all of you.

Here are the “writing ideas”– see what you come up with: 1. Read W.S. Merwin’s “The Laughing Child” and write a poem about a time you laughed! 2. “April is the cruelest month,” said T.S. Eliot. Pick a month and write about it. You can use the word’s derivation for inspiration or anything else that comes to you. 3. Read Ellen Bass’ poem “Gate C22” and Marie Howe’s “Practicing” and write your own poem about kissing. Just to make it more interesting, choose a celebrity or a politician or a writer you emulate or admire and include them in your poem.

Let me know what you come up with!