In preparation for April, National Poetry Month, I ran across an article at Poet's.org that gave 30 things to do for the month of April. I modified the list and whittled it down to 15 ideas. Although if you click on the link you can see all 30.
- Sign up for Poem-a-Day and read a poem each morning.
- Memorize a poem.
- Create an anthology of your favorite poems and post one a day under A Poem I Read Today with a short commentary from you. We already have a nice collection here. I'd love to see more of what you all read.
- Buy a book of poetry from your local bookstore. Let's financially support poets we love to read.
- Learn more about poets and poetry events in your state or province.
- Attend a poetry reading at a local university, bookstore, cafe, or library. I've never done this, it always seemed highbrow but I think I will seek one out.
- Read a poem at an open mic. It’s a great way to meet other writers in your area and find out about your local poetry writing community. I've never done this either and I don't intend to start now.. But for someone out there . . .
- Start a poetry reading group. Or join the members of this group in reading and sharing published poems we've read.
- Write an exquisite corpse poem with friends.
- Chalk a poem on the sidewalk. I have some sidewalk chalk I think I'll do this with maybe a haiku.
- Deepen your daily experience by reading Edward Hirsch’s essay “How to Read a Poem.”
- Read about different poetic forms right here at PMO.
- Subscribe to American Poets magazine or a small press poetry journal.
- Read Allen Ginsberg’s classic essay about Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass.”
- Join me in writing a poem each day of April and post it here at PMO.
IT is number 15 that I have already committed to do. It would be fun to see other's join me. I did it once before a few years ago and I actually produced a couple of decent poems from the exercise. So schedule your time to fit in a few minutes of writing each day and join me in celebrating National Poetry Month with a new poem everyday. I was thinking how could I do this without clogging up the page of new poems. I've decided to keep the poems all in one thread, adding a new poem each day as a reply. The thread won't be broken if someone chooses to add a reply to my thread. I would welcome comments. So get ready, April is only 8 days away. ~~Tink