April is almost here and with it National Poetry Month. I must say, I get more than a little excited anticipating April. For the last few years the month has seen me on a poetry-writing binge. This year won't be much different, although I've given myself permission to take weekends off. Other Aprils I have discovered that the push to write something new every day leads, toward the end of the month, to burnout. So I rarely make my target of 30 new poems anyway. Thus my goal this year will be to write 21 new poems (one for each weekday of April). We'll see if that works.
Whether you're a poetry enthusiast or someone who enjoys just the odd nibble, you can celebrate National Poetry month too. Below are some suggestions for how:
1. Write some poetry
For writers there are lots of sites offering regular prompts.
Margo Ruby - Wordgathering - the weekly Friday post is a smorgasbord of poetry-related links of interest.
Every day during April:
Robert Lee Brewer at Poetic Asides
List of prompts:
2. Explore poetry blogs.
Some poetry blogs you might enjoy:
Interested in children's poetry? The poetic branch of the Kidlitosphere has a ton of things going on. Among them:
3. Get a poem delivered to your in-box daily.
Here are some sites to check out for that:
4. Attend a poetry reading
Check out the local media for poetry readings in your area. If you live near me (B.C.'s Fraser Valley) our MSA Poets Potpourri Society has a reading night with an open mic planned for April 16th (6:30-8:30 at the Clearbrook Library). New poets are always welcome. Also check the Poetry Around Town tab on our website for more poetry events in the area.
5. Read poems
Don't have any poetry around? Buy some. You don't even have to leave the house if you make your purchase an e-book. A couple of books I've enjoyed lately:
6. Start a poetry blog
If till now you've been a closet poet, consider opening your own blog and joining in the vibrant community of poets on the internet.
Two sites from which you can set up a blog for free:
Let the feast begin!
"...wait on the wind,
catch a scent of salt,
call it our life.
- from "Our Valley" by Philip Levine
U.S. 2012 National Poetry Month poster design
Download pdf of Canadian 2012 National Poetry Month poster here.
Download pdf of U.S. 2012 National Poetry Month poster here.