No Fooling, It’s National Poetry Month

Dedicate your time to poetry! Here’s how:

“National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.” Poets.org

WRITE

  • A new poem each week, revise, revise, revise
  • Keep a poetry journal: jot down and date what you’ve done, what you want to do, what you do or do not like about individual poems, your own or another poet’s work
  • Review poetry books on Goodreads, Face Book, or Amazon (especially if you purchased the book there).

READ

  • Two books by poets new to you (purchases are great, but if that’s not in your budget, borrow them)
  • Create a personal anthology, say in your journal or in the anthology why you included each piece
  • Reviews on Amazon and/or in publications like The New York Times, Poetry Magazine, Kenyon Review, Blood Orange Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Publishers’ Weekly
  • Browse the poetry section in your library, see how far you can get before you find something new to you
  • Visit online sites such as poetryfoundation.org, poetry.org, poetryarchive.org, Harriet: The Blog/Poetry Foundation: “The Poetry Foundation’s blog for poetry and related news.” (poetryfoundation.org/harriet)
  • org Sign up for poem-a-day
  • American Life in Poetry, by Ted Kooser, alp@poetryfoundation.org
  • Writers Almanac by Garrison Keiller, writersalanac.org; also has a newsletter

LISTEN

  • Host a coffee hour and share poems out loud
  • Recordings on line or from the library
  • Lectures or workshops that you might discover through Meetup or by word of mouth, e.g. Boulder Book Store, a lecture on Joseph Brodsky, 4/3/at 7:00pm, free & open to public
  • org: “a collection of recordings or poets reading their own works, with texts.”
  • Live poetry open mic readings or features

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