In lieu of this very special month I will be taking the challenge to write a poem every day. No hype, no pressure. Only enjoying the beautiful art of writing. Also, I will be posting a poem a day by a distinguished or soon-to-be-distinguished poet.
I want to challenge YOU to write every day as well. It doesn’t have to be significant, it can be one line, a few random thoughts, grocery lists, whatever you do JUST KEEP WRITING.
Below are a few suggestions from Poetry.org on how to celebrate.
30 ways to celebrate national poetry month
- Order a free National Poetry Month poster and display it at work or school.
- Sign up for Poem-a-Day and read a poem each morning.
- Deepen your daily experience by reading Edward Hirsch’s essay “How to Read a Poem.”
- Memorize a poem.
- Create an anthology of your favorite poems on Poets.org.
- Encourage a young person to participate in the Dear Poetproject.
- Buy a book of poetry from your local bookstore.
- Review these concrete examples of how poetry matters in the United States today.
- Learn more about poets and poetry events in your state.
- Ask your governor or mayor for a proclamation in support of National Poetry Month.
- Attend a poetry reading at a local university, bookstore, cafe, or library.
- 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.
- Start a poetry reading group.
- Write an exquisite corpse poem with friends.
- Chalk a poem on the sidewalk.
- Write a letter to a poet thanking them for their work.
- Ask the United States Post Office to issue more stamps celebrating poets.
- Recreate a poet’s favorite food or drink by following his or her recipe.
- Read about different poetic forms.
- Read about poems titled “poem.”
- Read the first chapter of Muriel Rukeyer’s inspiring book,The Life of Poetry.
- Subscribe to American Poets magazine or a small press poetry journal.
- Watch Rachel Eliza Griffiths‘ latest Poets on Poetry video.
- Watch or read Carolyn Forche’s talk “Not Persuasion, But Transport: The Poetry of Witness.”
- Read or listen to Mark Doty’s talk “Tide of Voices: Why Poetry Matters Now.”
- Read Allen Ginsberg’s classic essay about Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass.”
- Watch a poetry movie.
- Sign up for a poetry class or workshop.
- Get ready for Mother’s Day by making a card featuring aline of poetry.
- Celebrate National Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 30, 2015. The idea is simple: select a poem you love, carry it with you, then share it with coworkers, family, and friends.