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[writing] NaPoWriMo Day 1: Lover’s Chain, Compliment

Inspired by my friend Chanda, I’m attempting to write a poem a day for National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo). Even though I did NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) for a number of years in the 2000s, I had no idea NaPo was a thing that existed until Chanda asked if anyone was participating.

My history with poetry is fractured. I didn’t like poetry until I was working on my undergrad (in writing and publishing), and first discovered Daphne Gottlieb’s WHY THINGS BURN (and then FINAL GIRL), and I fell in love with poetry. I wrote a lot during undergrad and a few years after, and was a member of Prescription Strength Poetry, so participated in guerilla poetry performances, but poetry was one of the things I set aside when I went to law school. (My writing time went to legal writing and fiction.) I’m not great at poetry, nor do I always understand it well, but I’ve missed it, and I’m glad to be making this attempt.

A few weeks ago, I read Seanan McGuire’s series of essays about the Lover’s Chain, and now that I’m doing NaPo, I decided to give it a try myself. Historically, the Lover’s Chain was used by Victorians to conduct courtship. I am going to use it to write a love letter (poem, I suppose) to horror stories. Or something.

The first step of the Lover’s Chain is a one line compliment. Per Seanan’s series, it establishes imagery to be used throughout the chain, as well as the tone.

Compliment: The moon rises, bright and full, and with it comes peace.

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