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  • May 6th, 2010 | 9:08 AM
Thankful Thursday

I confess, National Poetry Month wiped me out, but in a good way. I met the challenge of writing (and posting) a poem a day about the father I had never known, even though my memories to mine from were very thin. I'm proud of myself for that accomplishment and of course, still rejoicing in the unexpected bonus the project brought me by helping me make contact with so many people from my father's side of the family, most especially, my sister Lori, who oddly enough has the same last name as me even though Brown is not the family name.

I want to thank each and every one of you who read and commented on the series of blogs posts and those who read and didn't comment and those that sent emails. Your support of my emotional project really helped and for those of you who have asked, yes, I am working on pulling the poems into a book.

I hadn't intended to take a week off to recover but it looks like that's what I've done so I'm not going to beat myself up about it. I've been poking around the Blogosphere, catching up on all the great poetry posts that have happened while I was in the midst of my own. So if you didn't get the chance to read all the poetry posts last month, there's still time. There's no expiration date on blog posts.

Thank you to all the great poets and poetry lovers that made National Poetry Month such a success.

30 Poets/30 Days
@ GottaBook
New
GLBTQ Teen Poetry @ I’m Here, I’m Queer, What the Hell Do I Read?
Poems about Teaching
@ A Year of Reading
Poetry Book Giveaway
@ Irene Latham
Poetry Makers
@ The Miss Rumphius Effect
Poetry Potluck
@ Jama Rattigan’s alphabet soup
Poetry Tag @ Sylvia Vardell’s Poetry for Children
Poetry Postcard Project
@ Jone MacCulloch
Thirty Days, Thirty Students, Thirty Poems
@ Jone MacCulloch
Share a Poem @ Laura Purdie Salas
Original Poem-A-Day Challenge
Mary Lee Hahn; Andromeda Jazmon; Jone MacCulloch; Elizabeth Moore; April Halprin Wayland
There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.



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tracyworld
May 6th, 2010 04:16 pm (UTC)
I think it's very wise to take time off right now, Susan. You worked so hard, putting your heart and soul on the line while writing those poems. Honor your effort and courage with a little down time. I bet Cassie would love some company outside in a patch of sunshine. :)
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

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