2015 poetry goals

January 2nd, 2015

My first residency begins January 8th; I fly out the 6th. My goals this year are dictated almost entirely by the requirements of my program and are fairly simple:

* 24 -30 polished poems
* read 40 works of poetry or poetics
* 24 annotations of works read

Taking full advantage of my MFA is my top priority for the year. That means not just doing the work, but taking advantage of the opportunity to work with other poets (both my teachers and my fellow students). Make friends, find writing partners, develop relationships with faculty and students. This will be challenging from afar (though in a low-residency program we’re all “from afar” – none of us can wander down the hall and pop into office hours, after all, so in that regard all of us are facing the same challenges of maintaining relationships through largely electronic means) but not impossible. I’ve long believed the community component of a writing program is one of its most valuable aspects, so the goal that I can’t put numbers on, that I can’t check off as accomplished, that should be the on-going goal of any writer is to enter my community fully, contribute to it, sustain it, and stay connected to it.

And somewhere among the rough drafts and the essays, always find the joy in writing.

3 Responses to “2015 poetry goals”

  1. Tracy on January 5, 2015 2:37 am

    Good luck! Will be sending you good vibes! I hope you reach your goals and have a little bit of fun while doing them!

  2. kristen on January 6, 2015 1:12 pm

    I’ll be so curious to hear how you like it. I’ve been tempted to try something similar. By the way, it’s been a long time since I’ve checked in with you… hope all is well and that the “joy in writing” stays close at hand.

  3. Jennifer on January 9, 2015 3:05 am

    Good to hear from you Kristen! I’m excited to get started, (and also very curious to see how I manage…)I hope you’re doing well and still writing.

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