Monthly Archives: March 2010

30 Days/30 Poems begins tomorrow

Last year, I participated in National Poetry Month by writing a poem everyday in April, and it generated a lot of cool ideas and new poems.  This year, I plan on doing the same, and will post everyday in this here blog (no apologies or regrets, just poems or free-write tidbits).

I’m reading A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman, and want to write poems focusing on each sense.  I’ve also been writing Kundiman poems in the voice of the Aswang during the St. Louis World’s Fair — I plan to write more.  I’d like to explore form more.

Do you have any prompts/poetic forms/ideas that I should try?  Let me know!

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Juan Alacala Luna

AKA Romeo Cruz, now has a blog.

I’ve finished helping my father set up his account on WordPress to start blogging his poems.  They’re beautiful, heartbreaking, visceral poems.  Check them out here.

I’m still cooking up a storm, despite a mini-weekend break (I know, Thomas and I cheated!).  Drove to the Bay Area for my mom’s birthday and found a lot of potential poems.  At work, we’re helping students create “Me Books” using mixed media, collage and stamps, which they’re free to write and create stories in.  I think I’m going to borrow this idea for my own work.  I’ve kept written journals for years, but never visual art journals.  I think it will be a good tool in visioning Asela.

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March Reading List

So far:

Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

Let it be a Dark Roux by Sheryl St. Gerrmain

The History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman

Aphrodite by Isabel Allende

How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman


As I cook more and more, I’m enjoying reading about the senses.  I’m not writing so much right now as I feel my creativity pour into the dishes I make.  I’m gearing up for 30 days/30 poems for April, National Poetry Month, so I’m not feeling too guilty about the poems I’m not writing. 🙂

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