I finished poem No. 4 in the "June Poetry Surge" last night. If one forgets that it is already July 4 (i.e., that the great surge was held over by un-popular demand into the current month), it's still a pretty good effort--at my writing speed. I began on June 3, so that is 4 poems in thirty days; approximately a poem a week with a total line-count of 164, all while working full-time in my day job.
Of course, quantity measures nothing in poetry. But I am also happy with the quality of the poems.*
What next? It may be time to look for another hummingbird poem. I could spend the afternoon working through some materials on my friend Martin Johnson Heade.
Reading is good--
"...So things will light the lamp for other things."
*Sorry if this sounds self-involved. This blog often functions as an "open notebook," and today I feel like a worker bee who has stepped out of the hive and found the air a bit damp for a day-full of pollen. I am revving my wings; talking myself into what needs to be done.