"Goals" has a kind of corporate aftertaste to it and suggests a focus on product that many would argue is or should be antithetical to the writing of poetry. I think that's probably true, or mostly true. However, I'm also aware that defined goals keep me writing when I otherwise might do something easier and more immediately entertaining. I'm doing AWY because I want to write, so I need to make sure I don't waste the time I have.
So, my goals for the year:
1) Prepare a manuscript of poems
That means I need:
- 50-60 good poems, which should require...
- 65-75 drafts, if not more, which means...
- 6-7 poems drafted per month, which comes down to...
- About 2 poems per week.
Specifically, I'm aiming for:
- 6 poems published over the course of the year (at least), of which...
- At least 2 are published in national or otherwise prominent journals and...
- At least 2 are published in local (Chicago-area) journals; so that means...
- 1 submission per month (yikes).
Focusing on great poets, first books by poets I like, biographies of poets, and essays on poetry and poetics.
- 2-3 books per week
I haven't done a great job of this in the past, so I'll make more of an effort by:
- Attending at least 1 reading or event per month
- Submitting poems to local journals (see above)
- Reading the work of at least 3 Chicago poets
By which I mean:
- Identify competitions and deadlines for young writers / first books
- Discuss options and strategies with friends in the publishing world
- Reach out to friends who may be able to help
- Through this blog, by making at least 1 post per week, and...
- By writing an essay or article about the experience