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I am challenging myself to do something I did three years ago (oh good god, was it really three years? Now I feel old). Back in 2009, I was a senior in college, and I was having the time of my life. It was about this time that I remembered an old rhyme. It goes something like this. Thirty days hath September, April, June, and November. All the rest have thirty-one, Excepting February alone, And that has twenty-eight days clear, And twenty-nine in each leap year. (wikipedia) This floated into my head just before September started, and so I decided that I would turn it into “Thirty Poems Hath September” and write one new poem for each day of the month. It was kind of like Nanowrimo before I knew that Nano existed (it was a dark time in my life, despite my earlier statement). At any rate, I composed a LOT of poems that year, mostly during the medieval literature class that V and I were taking at the time (sorry, Dr. Napierkowski-no offense to you or your class, that was just when I usually felt the most inspired). Some of them were complete nonsense. Many of them were haiku, because I would realize I only had five minutes left in the day to write a poem. Some of them were really good. Regardless, the idea got me to write, and to focus on some creative energy that was otherwise fairly elusive. I would recommend you try it. Thirty Poems Hath September. Get ready.


  1. Sounds like a fun idea. Haiku were always my poems of choice when I was bored in class, so I have pages of sketchbooks and notebooks covered in them. Good luck.

    • Thank you, Angela! Haiku are fun poems to write, especially when trying to keep with classical forms of poems. I’m looking into writing a sonnet or two this time around as well.

  2. I’ve done something very similar to that several times. I blogged a new poem every day (or tried to) until a reach a hundred. It’s fun!

  3. Sounds like fun! Are you allowed to cheat and write two on one day, and none the next?

    • That would usually happen, just because of my school and work schedules at the time. Now I shouldn’t have any conflict, but I’m still fairly flexible with the one a day thing, as long as I get through my thirty.

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