On Regimen: #ThousandPoemYear Update – Week 14

*ANOTHER LATE ONE.
Week 14 = 8th – 14th of April.
I’m catching up.*

[Hi, I’m Joshua Judson. I’m writing 1000 Poems this year. To find out how and why, click HERE.]

Poems written this week: 59

Poems written so far this month: 103

Poems written so far this year: 403

 

My Easter break from uni was a very productive one. Turns out there are benefits to being broke and living out of your mums house. You get to just slam on A Love Supreme and write 20 poems in a row. Love it.

As well as writing, I was ingesting a lot of work. I’m a very audio-centric thinker. I can playback things I’ve heard in my brain. So podcasts and interviews are a really good way for me to take in information. I have a long list of podcasts subscribe to (which I can publish if I am asked to), but over Easter I took to a new way to get that sweet poetic goodness in my brain. Our old friend YouTube.

 

I took to searching the names of the poets I like/admire into YouTube and just rinsing every video – every interview and reading I could find while I was cooking or washing up. The first port of call was Terrance Hayes, who whenever I am asked to name my top 3 poets, remains up there the most consistently.

 

On listening to one of the readings (I’ll put a link here when I figure out which one it is), he revealed in his patter between poems, that he has a daily practise of seeing how long he can make a sentence last. He does it every day to ‘keep himself sharp’.

 

Cue lightbulb.

 

  1. The idea of pushing a sentence in that way appealed to me immediately.
  2. The idea of having set practises or a regimen with ones writing appealed to me more.

 

This week, I decided to take on this ‘Sentence Challenge’ as well as 2 other challenges and write one of each every day.

 

I’ll report back on how this went in next week’s update. But a thought to end on – what daily practise would you implement on a daily basis and why?

 

 

Joshua Judson x

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