{#winterlight: a beginning in poetry}

Most Decembers, I try and begin the festive season with poetry – to wean myself from chronic irritation with the counterfeit emoting and urgent commercial requirements of celebration which cause me stress instead of serenity. This year, however, has thus far resisted my efforts… so, I’m going to start over. Not with December — God forbid, this month has been fraught enough — I’m simply starting over with my… sense of the season. I’m waiting, open-handed, in expectation of something – whether wonder or quiet or curiosity or restfulness – to swirl and settle onto me.

Tonight is the longest night – and after will come First Light.

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{…skidding in late}

Oops! December 15th the Modesto Stanislaus Poetry Center’s New Year’s Challenge began, with the first prompt the night of the 14th! I’m starting late, but there’s still time – if you’d like to jump in and join this fun and challenging “poetry maelstrom,” email host Gary Thomas at [email protected]. You will receive a prompt a day for 30 days, and toward the end of the 30 days, they’ll put out a call for any poem you’d like to share in an NYPC chapbook.

Good luck!