If you've read my previous post, you know that I have an ongoing project with the intent to write poems based on Oscar winning films. One of the things I like about that project is that it gives me definitive inspiration in the form of each film.
While watching some of the events during the first week of the Olympics, I had another brainstorm for a series of poems. I am calling them my 2016 Olympic Poems. These Olympic poems would each focus on a gold medal winner from the United States (yes, I know it's hometown bias) and be limited in form by the winner's name. Similar to the poem I wrote based on my own name, I Am, these poems will be written with the first letter of each line spelling out the athlete's full name.
Now, I'm not setting a time limit for when these poems will be completed. I do already have the first two (Virginia Thrasher from shooting and Katie Ledecky from swimming) in rough draft phase and will release those as soon as they are polished up a bit. Poems for team events (I'm looking at you basketball!) and relay events (RUNNERS and SWIMMERS!!) will take longer but I am planning to do them each as one long form poem for the entire team.
So check back often and see if your favorite athlete has a new poem written about them.