I've been immersed in poetry and verse in the past couple of weeks - first in a Novel in Verse virtual workshop led by the amazing Nikki Grimes and Padma Venkatraman, then in my own work as I dived in deep to apply all the insights and tips that I took away from that experience.
Poems arrived in my inbox this week, via the Academy of American Poets newsletter featuring a selection of poems for Indigenous Peoples' Day.
I particularly loved the poem by Rainy Dawn Ortiz that starts:
You can read the rest of the poem and learn more about the poet here.
One of the things I love about being a part of Poetry Friday is the inspiration to play with different poetic forms. Thoughts about poetic forms were milling around in my mind when they bumped into Inktober, an annual event in which illustrators create a drawing each day during the month of October. Sparks flew and an idea was born. I searched online and found an Inktober prompt list that I liked, and resolved to have a spooky, poetic month that I'm calling Spooktober. I'm writing a poem a day, one for each of the prompts in my chosen Inktober list.
I decided to use this as a chance to practice with a few specific poetic forms, so (almost) every poem I write for the prompts will either be a haiku, a senryu or a tanka. Each Friday during October, I'll share the poems I've written in the previous week. So, here are my poems for week one of Spooktober. I hope they give you some spooky fun!