The Endearments are poems, mostly small ones, made out of endearments. That is, each poem originates in, plays with, and ends in a single endearment. Like a beau présent, but with the general term rather than a specific name.
The poems are fun to write. They let me use and think about lots of good words. I like them, so I am—at times with speed and at times with great slowness—making more. At a similar or even slower pace, this blog documents the procedure, its constraints, notes on the words, and incidental thoughts on the process.
The first endearments are from fall 2009. Fun-A-Day NC 2011 helped them along, as have the editors who’ve published some of the poems. For the most part the constraints are set, but the project is a work in progress. New poems emerge, and new aspects of the constraints, whenever I fix my attention and effort on them. Which is often at lunch time, of late.