I can see clearly now

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Reader, I am caught up. What this means, exactly, I’m not sure, but my inner caught-up indicator is saying ‘yes.’ The behind-on-everything dashboard light is no longer on. I spent a few days taming the wild to-do list beast, and now I’m deliciously relaxed.

Deliciously relaxed and thinking about how April is Poetry Month. That means Poetry Month starts in exactly six days! There will be the usual poem-a-day pledges, the great big poetry book giveaway, etc., etc. Usually, I’m teaching poetry in my kids’ classrooms in April, but this year I think I’ll sit out, since May is Moving Month (insert deer-in-the-headlights look here).

For much of this school year, I have been a drafting machine — new and unexpected drafts tumbling out one after the other. For the last few weeks, although I’m still writing every morning, there has been a lull — a draft here and a draft there, but less time dedicated specifically to drafting, and less urgency behind the poems finding their way to paper. Although I love the heady, draft-a-minute pace of intensely creative times, I know there is a natural ebb and flow to the creative process. Even as I’ve learned to understand and respect this rhythm, I always feel a little sad at the waning of an intensely creative time. Sigh… .

My intuition says now is the time to turn to revisions (Dear Intuition, I trust you, I really, really trust you!) — and, believe me, I have a stack of ’em. . As part of my focus on revision, I’m planning a post on the most useful revision advice I’ve found/tried/used, so stay tuned for that.

If you are a writer or an artist (and I use that terms in the broadest sense of the words — perhaps your art is gardening or home design and decor), do you find there’s an ebb and flow to your creative process? How do you navigate the highs and lows? Share in comments if you like.

And have a wonderful last week before Poetry Month!