Three Ideas for National Poetry Month
April is National Poetry Month
Post A Daily Poem
A few years ago I enjoyed tweeting a short poem each morning on Twitter during April. It gave me the opportunity to interact with many poets and venues that participated in the fray that is the hallmark of the Twitter realm. I still have cherished contacts there. Twitter is a great way to hashtag your way into community interaction with other like-minded individuals, so if you haven’t tried it, you may want to.
In 2011, I tweeted a portion of a poem everyday, the April 20 segment on NPR’s Tell Me More program is when they aired my tweet. The link includes the whole month so you can get a flavor for their project.
Whatever platform you use on a regular basis, pick one or two and concentrate on poetry- related content. Share new or older works…whatever you feel comfortable with. I usually include fragments or drafts in my postings, and it’s usually something that does not have enough potential to becoming published otherwise. Keep in mind that anything you post could wind up being misappropriated so you must decide for yourself whether you want to share at all and how much of your work you want out there in this way.
Take a Workshop or Signup for a Poetry Class
There are lots of offerings at local libraries, bookstores, or schools throughout the month. Look for individuals that you know have a strong reputation for imparting their love of poetry and craft. For those who may be in the mid-Delaware region, I offer an eight-session workshop on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. If you check your local area, you will find lots of events as well.
Attend a Poetry Reading or Sponsor One
During the month of April there are more poetry readings than usual. Check your local papers and see what is available in your area. If you can’t find one, then consider hosting one at your local library or a coffee shop or bookstore. You could hold a contest and invite poets to read. Now might be the time to think outside the box. Poetry opens the lines of communication in many ways. Decide which way works for you and get involved in bringing an awareness to the public. An on-line option is the Poem-In-Your-Pocket project. It’s an easy way to make a difference aad will be held on April 17 this year. The site also offers tips.
Whatever you decide to do, enjoy. Take pen in hand and write or join in the month long celebration.