Friday, 3 April 2020

The Poetry Project


Greetings Poetry People:

I have taken a break from posting to my blog, as Mike and I self-quarantine. Finding oneself, firmly in the 'most vulnerable sector' in a densely populated metropolis, at this time, has been challenging. Suddenly a fire has been lit under my 'to-do' bucket list. I have been working on two books for what-seems-like forever, and am resolved to finish them – NOW – if I possibly can.

As well, one of my sons, Patrick and I fast-tracked a project that we have been tossing around for years: that of short webcasts of poetry. Websites are a better vehicle for this than blogs, and so, Whatnot Press and Productions was born. The seed for the website was planted years ago when a friend, who was convalescing, mentioned that my poetry was 'just right' in length and content, for a brief respite.  That got me thinking about all the wonderful qualities poetry has that are so restorative,  

The worldwide CO-VID 19 pandemic was the catalyst, that got this moving – an idea I would love to see 'catch on' with other writers. I would so appreciate it, if you could find the time to take a peek at our first video (a tanka sequence) – at:

                           dog walk at day break (www.whatnotpandp.com)

If you choose to leave a comment, I would ask that you leave it there (no email will appear). This project is totally a lovely act of generosity on Patrick's part.

Obviously, the name of the website comes from my blog name but the other reason we chose it, is because it is a 'Whatnot' work-in-progress. Poetry videos and books (if I ever get them finished) will be posted there, of course. I'm kicking around ideas that will inspire creativity and calm in others (possibly in people who would like to begin writing) such as 'Why is this a good time to explore writing tanka' (for example). As well, links to websites and blogs that promote creativity and calm, might be a possibility. As I mentioned, the site and video went up quickly and we are still fine-tuning and exploring directions to go in. - Thanks, Wendy


Photos: Dog Walk at Day Break and Jackson the Dog - P. Bourke


© 2020 Wendy Bourke

12 comments:

  1. Wonderful, Wendy. Loved the beach vid. What a wonderful project. Keep me posted! You might link it on facebook for more traffic.

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  2. sounds like a great idea.. will check it out!

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  3. Wow, how exciting! I'll be right over...

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  4. What a great idea Will check it out now

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  5. HI Wendy! I too will be finishing a novel and self-publishing one that has been finished for a while, just needed a last-minute proofread. I’m glad that you have found purpose in these terrible days of pandemic. How exciting to start a project with your son! I’ll be over to check it out later.

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  6. I, too, have been working on things to publish. I was very tempted to post a poem a day for April, but... I was able to save me from myself. Can't wait to see your other site!

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  7. Thank you Wendy, for peeking in on my "Foxy Ladies Poem" and for leaving your nice comment. We too are quarantined here in our Houston, Texas suburb. We only go out for a short neighborhood walk ore to get the newspaper. We are fortunate to have a pretty back yard and we do go our there some.
    I agree it is a nice time (??) to work on the "list of things to get done around the house." So far I have emptied two boxes but there are a lot more plus clutter.
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    1. Also I do hope you are able to continue again Poetry Writing for this Poetry Month. I started with NaPoWriMo in 2015 and I am trying not to miss this one. It doesn't have to be a poem-a-Day but I would like to do it again. We will see. Again, thank you.
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  8. Congratulations

    Thanks for dropping by my sumie Sunday today

    Much💗love

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  9. It seems you're turning your enforced "solitude" into all sorts of fruitful projects! Good for you … and Patrick.

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  10. Success to you, Wendy, as you work to complete those books!

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  11. Of course, it makes sense to take a break from blogging and concentrate on your projects. I've just bookmarked your website and I'll be following your progress as I find your idea, webcasts of poetry, absolutely brilliant and some very inspiring in these uncertain times. All the best, and wish you much joy in exploring the tanka!

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