30/30: Day Twenty

If you celebrate, Happy Easter.

Today's poem is a second poem on kinstukuroi; I wrote a first one on Day Fifteen. I find it an art form so rich for metaphor and so provoking for my imagination that I meditated upon it twice.

It's interesting how each day of 30/30 is a marker for my life in the moment, too. That seems obvious, but I didn't think it would be quite such a stark record; it's weird to look back at the last twenty days of poems and track my emotional and mental states that way. 

Can't really believe I only have ten days left! In a way, this makes me sad. I wonder if I can or will carry this daily practice forward. I appreciate so much the way the 30/30 project has forced me to write a new piece everyday. It's affected my movement through the world. I have been different: I'm more observant, on the hunt for material, but I am also more open and reflective. 

Kazim Ali's Fasting for Ramadan.    

Kazim Ali's Fasting for Ramadan.

 

 

Though I haven't mentioned it in sometime, Kazim Ali's Fasting for Ramadan, has been a great addition to my process. Reading someone else's physical, emotional, mental, creative, and spiritual daily  experience in time with my own--his day 20, my day 20--has been comforting, eye-opening, and generative. Again, fasting for Ramadan is a completely different enterprise than writing a poem a day, but through Ali's writing, I feel like I am on a journey with someone, that his daily reflection on his commitment to his fasting is a window into my daily commitment, different as it may be. Also, I quite enjoy his writing and the movement of his mind. 

Tomorrow, I am to write a poem in response to a Pablo Neruda poem. Stay tuned. 


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