Friday, March 13, 2015

Poetry Friday -- Announcing My Poetry Month Project!


Head tilted,
one eyebrow arched,
lips pinched:

Are you sure?
Seven days a week?

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2015

That skeptic lives inside my head, but I'm going to ignore her. 

Will writing a poem a day that either uses an emotion word or evokes that emotion be any harder than writing a poem a day about obscure wonders of the world

("Um...yes," says my skeptic in my ear.)

Sorry, skeptic. We're doing this. And any of YOU who want to come along for the ride are invited to join us for an April that will LITERALLY be an emotional roller coaster!

I've created a list of 30 emotions that various researchers have identified, using this resource.  I'll publish the list next week. I made my graphic for this year using a public domain, no-attribution-necessary image and the graphic design site Canva

My poem today is for Heidi's MarCH CHallenge.

Last, but not least, Laura (who coincidentally shares a perfect PO-EMotion for today) has the Poetry Friday roundup at Author Amok.


  1. Well, ok, then, here we go! I will start getting myself ready to emote with you!

  2. Sounds like a great project, Mary Lee. Unlike your skeptic, I have utter confidence that you can do this!

  3. Anonymous9:54 AM

    I've been wondering what you were planning, and this is a great idea! As Tabatha said, you've got this, Mary Lee. I'll join in as often as I can. Writing a poem every day is very different for my brain from writing a slice of life daily. I love how you used Heidi's CH words to launCH your project. Happy Friday!

  4. Anonymous10:05 AM

    The only skeptic allowed in my world is Scully! :)

  5. Another great project! Can't wait to follow along next month :).

  6. This is a wonderful idea!! I'm excited to follow your poetic journey. :)

  7. I look forward to your take on this poetic challenge, Mary Lee! I hope there's a reference to fish, or your "catch of the day" >O in there, too : ) <--Does that look like a fish? Your emotion theme, and visual chart, made me think of emoticons/emojis--That lead me to try to make one look like a fish.

    Oh me, oh my--Sigh! It's Friday : )


  8. Well, you were sure smart to get that skeptic out of the way before the month even started! And what fun that it used those CH words. I love your projects and am excited to follow along and read the rollercoaster of emotions over here this month. xo, a.

  9. Hi, Mary Lee. I'm going to send you a PoEMOTION workshop via one of our Maryland poets in the schools, Liz Rees. Look for an email from me.

  10. I know that skeptic, she sits on my shoulder every time I set out to write. I love the Anger - Zest on your graphic. I'm looking forward to your PoEMOTION poems!

  11. My skeptic seems to be gaining these days. PoEmotion. You come up with some clever ideas!

  12. I always love what you do for April, Mary Lee. Skeptic or not, it's fun to see what everyone does.

  13. You are very surprisingly stern (yet loving) with your skeptic. I shall ride that roller coaster with you! (But perhaps not SEVEN days a week--my skeptic has successfully schooled my enthusiast!)

    And I know Liz Rees also--she was a great teacher of mine at the Bethesda Writers Center and works at schools I've been at. How fun to get connected!

  14. Don't let that skeptic stop you, Diane!

  15. Wow! That's quite a challenge you've set for yourself. Generally, I write about nature because I'm trying to escape the emotions!

    Love your skeptic poem.

  16. Love it. I am thinking of a personal project besides the students projects.

  17. Sounds like fun, Mary Lee! I'm in awe of all of you are are coming up with such great and original month-long challenges. I'm also in awe of the folks who are finding time to fit them all in. :/ Maybe I need to set a challenge of joining in everyone else's challenges at least once. That should be doable, right?

  18. Mary Lee,
    You already have a plan for April's poetry extravaganza! You amaze me. I don't have a plan yet, but know I'm going to join the fun. I think my plan might have been formulated as I skipped around poetry blogs this morning. I'm going to let it settle in my mind for a few days to see if it has potential.

    I can't wait to follow your journey.


  19. Mary Lee, I love love love this project. We are working on a picture book project, looking at characters' feelings and expressions:

  20. I'm of mixed emotions reading your post...hee hee. Love the idea for your April challenge. Looking forward to your "emotional" creativity. =)


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