The 100 Poems In A Day Project
November 25, 2009 8:44 AM   Subscribe

The 100 Poems In A Day Project
So I'm a writer and poet, I had a bit of writer's block, and, in light of a recent experience, decided the best solution was an enema - writing 100 poems in a single day.

People have been suggesting poem titles, and I now have a decent pool for my 100. I'm going to start at 9am on Thursday 26th Nov, and work through hopefully until 11pm, although I might have to go on for a bit longer if I'm behind. Obviously midnight is the cutoff for 100 - I'm hoping I don't end up going to the wire. I'll be posting each poem title up on my Twitter as I start, so people can follow along and have a go at writing their own version if they like. On average, I'll be giving myself 8 minutes per poem. When each one's done, I'll post it up on this blog until I've (hopefully) got 100. In the days that follow, I'm hoping anyone who's had a go themselves will email me their poems, which I'll add to the blog as alternate versions. It'd be great to have a whole bunch of speed poems by other people off the back of it.

What will be the result? 100 substandard poems I should imagine. But also maybe some ideas for new stuff. It's just a big writing exercise, really, and I hope you'll feel just the right mix of inspiration and pity to join in with at least one poem, then send it to me afterwards. And if you're reading this after the whole thing has happened, then I hope I didn't fail and that some other people joined in, and that we have a quite interesting compendium of attempts at poetry that ends up being useful to mine when you're stuck for ideas, or just fun to look through and gloat when you're stuck, as a way of reminding yourself that it's better not to try than to have a go and expose yourself as crap.
posted by RokkitNite (5 comments total)

Interesting concept, I hope it works out well.
posted by andrewnixon0 at 3:08 PM on November 25, 2009


That sounds like it will be incredibly difficult. Good luck!
posted by lilac girl at 4:31 PM on November 25, 2009


Um. Just to let you know, I managed it! Yay.
posted by RokkitNite at 5:38 PM on November 26, 2009


What an awesome idea.
posted by seanyboy at 4:06 AM on November 30, 2009


I would have passed out about hour 8, but then I only write poetry when I am drinking. I would have gotten at least 2 written.
posted by cjorgensen at 2:57 PM on December 1, 2009


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