Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Typewriter Poetry



Today begins a new challenge. For 100 days I will create something new each day. It's called #the100dayproject I wasn't sure about starting a new project as soon as I completed the slice of life challenge, but I'm jumping in. What do I have to lose?

The slice of life challenge this year was challenging. It felt different. I can't figure out why. I read tons of end of challenge reflections and I'm not the only one who felt different. Dare I say, it felt easier this year? I felt like my heart wasn't in it on lots of days...like I was doing it to do it. As I look back and reflect, I'm not sure why, but I've decided it doesn't really matter. I wrote every day for 31 days. I have eight sixth-graders that completed the challenge and six more that came close. The writing always nudges me to grow and doing it with students is an inspiration.

Which leads me to this new challenge...I am going to write a poem using my typewriter for the next 100 days. (Follow me on Instagram to see the challenge.)
Can I do it? Yes.
Will I do it? I hope so.

My pink typewriter brings me a child-like joy
Clacking on the keys
Feels like I'm really making something

The finished products
look beautiful
and messy...
truly poetry.

Here's to another challenge...will you join me?!?!



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21 comments:

  1. Ambitious! I will follow you, but I will not join you. For me, the 31 days was very hard, and I need a breather to allow myself back into more teacher focus. Still, I love your typewriter and the plan...and I feel like I live the pen cap nightmare daily. @humbleswede

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  2. I love your whimsical but real poem! It is such a dilemma!
    Good luck on your challenge! You are so brave!

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  3. I found these last night during the twitter chat. Love the typewritten poems. Wish I had a typewriter. I’m going bravely into the poetry with no previous experience feel the need to challenge myself.

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  4. I love this! And it makes me want a typewriter, especially a PINK typewriter! Poetry breathes the words that help me make sense of the world too! Can't wait to read more!

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  5. Good for you to jump right into another challenge. I will eagerly follow you (but not participate. I love your start!

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  6. Very cool! Are you sharing this with your students? Is there a community for the #100dayproject? A couple of years ago I tried a passion project for October- I took a picture a day and wrote a haiku for it. It was really meaningful to me but a challenge as well! Can't wait to see what you come up with!

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  7. A poem a day, yes; a typewriter, I researched last night; but a pink typewriter - not that color. I can't wait to try some out. I think the old challenge of pressing keys is calling me (but I also remember the fun of using the one electric typewriter in typing class - the reward for the best accuracy/speed) <3

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  8. Michelle, we share the same sentiments of the challenge this year. It was easier for me too, but my heart wasn't there. I don't understand it either, but yes, let's celebrate that we wrote, shared stories, and captured moments forever for 31 days! I needed to hear that! I absolutely adore your pink typewriter. When I saw the picture of it, I was like, "Is that PINK?!?" Then you mentioned it was. A little jealous of that adorable typewriter!! Best wishes as you take a new adventure of writing poetry and creating for 100 days. I checked out the website ... signed up for the newsletters. Not sure what I'll do, but you have me interested. I have an instagram account by mostly just lurk and read, no real posting. Perhaps this is what I need to be creative and try something new! I'll keep you posted! (And I'll find you there too!)

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  9. I love this and I love your typewriter! I wrote one line about my grandmother's typewriter in one of my slices last month and sent myself down an Internet rabbit hole of trying to figure out which typewriter she had (totally irrelevant to my slice--but really fascinating to look at all the photos of typewriters and it made me really, really long for a typewriter again so I am very jealous of yours!) Can't wait to follow your project. (My college students in my Creative Mind capstone course do a 100 day project and it's absolutely incredible what they come up with.)

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  10. Oh... what memories you stir up with that typewriter. I'm old enough to remember the black office typewriters in my high school typing class. I took a semester with "business students" so I'd have typing skills for "college" and in case I picked up a "part-time office job." The skills I learned in that class have probably been the most used manual skills I learned in those years. I have a huge project underway for 2018... and have had to walk away from so many challenges that look very interesting. Keeping up with the couple weekly ones will be all I can do. Here's to your 100 days!!

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  11. WHile I am not ready/able to commit to this new challenge, I will watch and read your poems with excitement. Perhaps the excitement comes from the NEW chaallenge?

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  12. LOVE this idea. Now I need a typewriter!

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  13. 100 days. I thought 31 was many. I still had fun with the challenge this year. Some kind of freedom in it. I can see how the typewriter poetry is going to be fun to create and pleasing to look at.

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  14. I love that you have a typewriter. I learned to type when typing was a thing--long before computers. I miss having a typewriter. Your poetry project is wonderful. I love the imperfections of type. Looking forward to reading your poems. Have fun.

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  15. Love this project. I'll be reading along all month, but not joining you. I'm in for a daily poetry post during the month of April. I haven't settled on a specific theme, so I'm allowing myself to be inspired as I go along. Our indie bookstore has old typewriters. Maybe I can do a poem there one day!

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  16. This is amazing. I love it. It is so cool that you are going to use your typewriter. I no longer own one, but I learned on a manual and then upgraded to an electric. There is something so soothing about the sound of the keys hitting the page and, of course, the bell and zip!

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  17. This is a really cool idea! I'm not ready to take on any 100-day challenges right now, but I love it! :-) ~JudyK

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  18. This is amazing Michele! What a wonderful personal challenge. I can't wait to see the poetry grow!

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  19. Every poem a tasty little morsel frosted with the visual sprinkles of typewriter keys.

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