d’Verse Poet Pub break

Keeping busy during break

Next week, d’Verse Poet Pub will be returning from a two-week summer break, which I am really looking forward to. d’Verse has been a major part of my WordPress blogging experience since my launch of the Skeptic’s Kaddish just over one year ago; the community members are such lovely people… and I’m so glad to call some of them my friends!

During these last two weeks, I haven’t been idle – I’ve been actively publishing several series of short poems for my #APoemADay challenge, which I took up back on January 1st. Each has been a series of seven (a week’s worth) of a particular poetic form. Currently, I am in the middle of seven philosophical limericks, and I intend to next embark upon a series of ukiahs, which I have yet to try my hand at.

#APoemADay on Twitter inherently requires me to write short poems due to the restrictions of the platform, and that’s been an interesting experience because I find that I’m more naturally inclined to write longer pieces… not epics, but medium length poetic works.


Short poems = more posts

Normally, when the d’Verse Poet Pub is open, I post one short poem daily (for Twitter), and I also post my poetic responses to the d’Verse prompts, which tend to be a bit longer. Additionally, I usually end up writing at least one (sometimes two or three) additional poems of various forms every week.

I have to admit that I’ve been feeling self-conscious over these last couple weeks about the degree to which I’ve been posting here on the Skeptic’s Kaddish. It feels odd and almost un-blog-like to post just two (a schuttelreim) or even five (a limerick) lines on WordPress, which, unlike Twitter, is designed for longer entries.

In fact, I have a series of seven brevettes coming up on Twitter next week (starting tomorrow), which I couldn’t even bring myself to post here on WordPress because the brevette is merely three words… I’m not sure where I draw the line between brevettes and naanis (another short form), let’s say, but… well.. a three word blog post?


Feeling awkward

Having been around for more than a year on WordPress, I know that nobody is judging me for posting three or four times a day. I know that you would say, “Don’t worry about it, David. Your blog is for you, and you should write whatever you feel like writing.” Also, I know that would say exactly the same thing to any of my blogger friends who are posting multiple short poems daily.

But I’d be lying if I told you that I don’t feel awkward about it… not awkward enough to stop doing it (until d’Verse returns from summer break next Monday), but, still… awkward.

It’s that odd balance of “for you” and “for your audience” that bloggers aim for… and I feel that these last two weeks have been off-kilter for me. Honestly, I’ve been posting more short poems than I would want to read from somebody else and therefore feeling rather self-conscious about it.

In large part, I think I allowed myself to do this precisely because of the Poet Pub summer break. “It’s just for a short period of time, David,” I say to myself, “your WordPress friends won’t mind if it’s only for a short while.”

*sigh*

32 thoughts on “d’Verse Poet Pub break”

  1. No worries David! Short blog posts are cool too. I do some 6 word stories sometimes, and I don’t feel too bad about it. I love reading your stuff, even if it’s short. Your short stuff packs a punch too. πŸ‘Š keep it up!

  2. Truly, it’s everyone’s prerogative how much they post. If I tell the truth, I get annoyed when there are so many in one day because there’s so many people’s I want to see but didn’t notice that with yours because they were clever and brief and made me laugh. πŸ’–

  3. I mean, an excess of short poetry posts is an improvement over an excess of long-winded complaint posts. Or an long-winded, nonsensical political rants.

    But if it really bugs you, why not put multiple short poems in the same post?

  4. Well, I’ve been posting a lot lately too, on multiple topics. Most of the blogging advice I’ve come across is against multiple topics, but I did read some advice that posting multiple times a day might be good if you are blogging about more than one topic (in order to give different audiences more of the content that interests them.) Well, we’ll see. I find your different poetry forms interesting. You keep introducing me to new ones. I’m not sure what a ukiah is, but maybe I’ll learn. πŸ™‚

  5. oh wollop David, I like having you around, and IF I am too busy – I’ll skip a post and maybe come back to it later. So stop apologising and keep writing. πŸ™‚

  6. I will have to catch up with your short poems on Twitter πŸ˜… I have had to ban myself from WordPress so I can get my book finished during the dVerse break, but I look forward to making a comeback and of course the reopening of everyone’s favorite poets’ pub 🀩

  7. Your creative output is amazing, David. This short reader does not mind short poems. πŸ˜† Summer is a time for people to recharge and hopefully enjoy some nature. Plus, short form is challenging – I still need to write an actual Schuttelreim. Shortly, I will get to it. πŸ˜‰

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