Cloudy Day Art #84 – Five Things I Learned from NaPoWriMo

I have had a couple of weeks to digest the experience that was (NaPoWriMo), so in this week’s poetry podcast I decided to share with you five things that I took away from the experience.

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  1. Community is important
  2. Studying and practicing forms help build a better toolbox
  3. Reading poetry regularly helps build a better toolbox
  4. The importance of observing your surroundings
  5. When you don’t have a topic to write about, meditate 5 minutes to open up your mind

These are not the only things I learned, but a few of the key takeaways. In fact, listen in for a bonus #6.

I would love to hear lessons learned from anyone else who participated in this challenge or any other similar challenge. Just leave a comment, fill out the contact form, send and email, or call in to the voicemail line.

Special thanks to for sharing his poem “New York City Streets”!

Please go to his website to check out his many other projects and poetry.

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Featured Video : Taylor Mali – "Like Lilly Like Wilson"

This week’s featured video is by the amazing poet Taylor Mali. Since the first time I heard it on Indiefeed, this spoken word piece has always been one of my favorites. Listen.



CDA #83 – Interview with poet Katie Haegele

This week’s poetry podcast interview is with poet and freelance journalist .

Katie interviewed a bunch of (APP) members back in September 2007 for an article in the , so I decided to interview her to find out a little bit about here.

We had a great conversation about poetry and she shared three poems of her own.

Also mentioned in this show:

Katie Haegele’s website, The La-La Theory

Copy of article Katie wrote about the APP

(Go here to find links to some of the folks who participated)

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Outro song: “Sun vs Moon” by (courtesy the )

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