April is National Poetry Month, time to celebrate. Let us count the ways . . . .
Download, print and display this year’s poster.
List and find your group’s or area’s poetry-related events.
Attend a poetry open mic or poetry slam event.
Put on your poetry-writing contest face for the local library or calls for poems from literary and news publications.
Learn how to read and study poetry like a pro!
Track down and read the work of that poet you keep hearing about.
Students and teachers, check out Poetry 180, the Library of Congress project of former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins.
Learn about the national recitation contest Poetry Out Loud.
Empty your pockets so they may be blessed with the bounty of beautiful verse on April 21, Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day.
Get out and poeticize (it’s a word, I swear! poets can make up words, too) nature, politics, facebook, school, the arts, work, your wardrobe, jelly beans, your car, that bad hair day, dust bunnies, March Madness, tattoos gone wrong–whatever!
Pen a song, write a rap, craft a poetic recipe, or make your own poetry crossword puzzle.
And if you’re ready to publish, check out guides such as 2016 Poet’s Market.
Worship words, savor sounds, lather up your language, make music, praise poetry.
Gear up for the verses.
Here are my blog’s 10 top-viewed posts in poetry.
- Adapted Bawdy Lyrics: Outlander TV Series, Episode 114, “The Search”
- Scotland’s Burns and Outlander rival Shakespeare’s bawdy
- Nature Poetry by Famous Poets
- Wild Verses, 5 of 10 / Writing 201: Poetry, Day 1 (Haiku, Water, Simile)
- Famous Poets’ Nature Poetry, 3: Wordsworth’s Daffodils
- Call of the Wild Poetry
- Famous Poets’ Nature Poetry, 2: Elizabeth Bishop
- Famous Poets’ Nature Poetry, 1a: “The Sunlight on the Garden”
- On Process: Verse Writing. Introduction and Part I: Motivation (involves writing an elegy for the late, great Leonard Nimoy/Spock)
- Writing 201: Poetry, Day 2 (Limerick, Journey, Alliteration)