In Other Worlds
Just a report on my poetic goings-on this year.
Overall, I completed 79 new poems this year. 41 of those were sonnet forms, or a little over 50% of my poetry. That brings the total number of poems I've written to 435, and the total number of sonnets I've written to 199. Strange to say, but I think this year might have been a lower year in terms of numbers due to lengthy gaps, especially in the summer.
2015 saw me wrap up two opuses and start 5 new ones. I closed The Last Book
(Op. 107) in April and Inner Man
(Op. 26) in June, the latter under rather abrupt circumstances. Beyond Words
(Op. 50), the next volume of my Christian poetry, picked up where Compelled
(Op. 14) left off in 2014. Evergreen
(Op. 28) became the next segment in The Cycle, exploring themes of longing, waiting, and hope. I stopped this year at sonnet 77, which means that I am exactly halfway through Shakespeare's 154 sonnets! Cheesy Poetry
(Op. 109) continued my series of Miscellany.
Besides those continuing volumes, there were a couple other special highlights. I wrote my first standalone opus in two years, fifty-two hurts
(Op. 108), in response to DA's lonely whale article. I also wrote another sonnet petit cycle for the first time in two years, Nine Words
(Op. 27). The latter had been about a month's work of planning prior to its writing in preparation for NaPoWriMo.
Speaking of which, I actually managed to complete NaPoWriMo
for the first time ever. Marathon writing has never been my strength, and it certainly tested my limits, but I managed to get a pace going. I compiled those works here
. I also completed February Form Fiesta with ProjectDFC
, and those works can be seen here
. I also participated in DFC 2015, but did not finish, dropping out 11 days in due to lack of inspiration and dissatisfaction with the forms selected this year. Those pieces can be seen here
NaPoWriMo also led to my third daily deviation, These Melted Years
, which was a cento villanelle composed in tribute to Blacksand459
. I highly enjoyed putting that piece together, and I'm glad people seem to have enjoyed it and pondered its meaning. I do consider it to be one of my better works this year.
Well, that's about it for that wrap up. My hopes for the next year are to start writing more commentary on my own work (throwbacks and upcoming works), critiquing once a week, finishing A Frozen Ballad (which seems to be my next REALLY long term project, and of which I would describe my progress as less than halfway), and rebooting February Sonnet Challenge on Crowns-of-Sonnets