I’m not what you’d call a sentimental poet.
Not that I’m glib or disingenuous. Not that my poetry isn’t an expression of feeling. More that I avoid what my dad always called schmalz.
Which paradoxically is why I find the challenge of a locally run campaign centered on Valentine’s Day so compelling.
In its third year, 14 words for love combines a single writing prompt (love/peace) and a single constraint (14 words). From there, it’s up to the writer to rhyme or not, break lines or not, wax romantic, prosaic, lyrical, comical, punchy…whatevs.
Conceived by Jodi Barnes, a poet, flash fiction writer, and friend, the campaign has drawn in nearly my entire circle of writer friends.
Each year, I enjoy reading through the submissions, starring or liking the ones that ring my bell, and embracing my shoulder angel for a run of days to see if I can find something uplifting to add to the dialogue.
So if you love love or if (like me) you love a good prompt and a reason to do something a little different with your writing for a few days, play along by
- Joining the event on Facebook
- Following and using #14wordsforlove on Twitter
- Visiting the online home.
If you crash the party, tell ‘em I sent you!