All right, time for the count:
– 35 poems for Big Tent Poetry (seven prompts each week for five weeks, compressed into the April time frame)
– 34 poems at Poetic Asides (one for each day, plus an extra one each Tuesday)
– 5 poems for One Single Impression (every Saturday/Sunday)
– 3 poems for We Write Poems (sorry I missed a week in there!)
– 2 reviews of the books I’m giving away (even if I just wrote one of them)
– probably a publication or two I forgot about… I didn’t send anything in this month, but I know I had at least one pending for April and one for May
I’m a little bit disappointed in myself that I didn’t circulate in the blogosphere as much as I wanted to, and that I still have this big ol’ stack of books I want to really sit down and take time to review. But the other aspect to April is that (if you hadn’t gleaned this already), I am finishing my master’s degree… well, tomorrow actually. I put together a conference in the middle of the month and simultaneously wrote a master’s thesis of 60-ish pages, which is what I’m presenting tomorrow. Add to that the pressure of a job search for when I’m really and truly done, plus the job I’m currently working… so maybe I’m not that disappointed, it still turned out all right. :) Sheesh, I don’t know what I’m going to do without the frenzy of ten things at once.
Still haven’t accomplished my poetry resolutions, but now that the degree is done, I can redouble my efforts once again. (Though, finding a steady job may have to come first. Anybody looking to hire linguists from prestigious universities?) One thing I can do, though, is get around to the book giveaway! Judging by the number of comments on the original post (not counting pingbacks and my own), it looks like there are twenty-one people in the running. So, using the handy-dandy random number generator Kelly provided…
…it looks like Nancy Lili of The Monster’s Flashlight gets a copy of Carol Ann Duffy’s Selling Manhattan! Congrats! And then, for the second offering…
…apparently Risa of Risa’s pieces will be receiving John Ashbery’s Girls on the Run! Further congrats! I will either leave comments on blogs or send emails (or hell, both if that works) to get in touch with you both if I don’t hear from you first, so that I can get these things off my shelf. :)
So after 30 days of free verse and sonnets, terzanelles and Sapphic odes, sestinas and shadormas, haiku and tanka and couplets and quatrains and roundels and whatever else about love, sex, magic, death, sweetness, bitterness, bittersweetness, tragedy, comedy, confusion and chaos and order and nature and religion and everything in between all of those… thus endeth NaPoWriMo 2011. I am looking forward to what the next month will bring, because if nothing else, I expect it to be a meandering stream compared with the torrents of April. But I hope that everyone will keep up the pace and stay active as much as they can. See y’all around, and enjoy your May Day*!
(* May 1st, that is. Not like the Bond villain played by Grace Jones. Yikes.)