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30 Ways to Celebrate Poetry Month!
The goals of National Poetry Month:
- Introduce poets and poetry to the community in innovative ways
- Encourage the publication, distribution & sales of poetry books
- Celebrate both the legacy and ongoing achievements of American poets
- Include poetry in the school curriculum
- Introduce more Americans to the true pleasure of reading poetry
To inspire you, reproduced here is a list of ideas from the Academy of American Poets:
Memorize a poem
: "Getting a poem or prose passage truly 'by heart' implies getting it by mind and memory and understanding and delight."
Revisit a poem
: "America is a country of second acts, so today, why not brush the dust of these classics and give them a fresh read?"
Attend a poetry reading
: "Readings have been occurring for decades around the world in universities, bookstores, cafes, corner pubs, and coffeehouses."
Play Exquisite Corpse
: "Each participant is unaware of what the others have written, thus producing a surprising--sometimes absurd--yet often beautiful poem."
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 writing community."
Support literary organizations
: "Many national and local literary organizations offer programs that reach out to the general public to broaden the recognition of poets and their work."
Google a poem
: "Many people carry single lines of verse with them, sometimes for years, and are eager to remember the rest of that particular poem."
Hear a Poem
: "Often, hearing an author read their own work can clarify questions surrounding their work's tone."
Young People’s Poetry Week
: "You'll find party ideas, poem starters, crossword puzzles, award certificates, lists of poetry books for kids, and more."
Subscribe to a literary magazine
: "Full of surprising and challenging poetry, short fiction, interviews, and reviews, literary journals are at the forefront of contemporary poetry."
Put a poem in a letter
: "It's always a treat to get a letter, but finding a poem in the envelope makes the experience extra special."
April is the cruelest month
: "To mark tax day, the Academy distributed thousands of free copies of The Waste Land at selected post offices across the country."
Take a poem out to lunch
: "Adding a poem to lunch puts some poetry in your day and gives you something great to read while you eat."
Recite a poem to family and friends
: "You can use holidays or birthdays as an opportunity to celebrate with a poem that is dear to you, or one that reminds you of the season."
Organize a poetry reading
: "When looking for a venue, consider your local library, coffee shop, bookstore, art gallery, bar or performance space."
Promote public support for poetry
: "Every year, Congress decides how much money will be given to the National Endowment for the Arts to be distributed all across America."
Start a commonplace book
: "Since the Renaissance, devoted readers have been copying their favorite poems and quotations into notebooks to form their own personal anthologies called commonplace books."
Start a notebook on Poets.org
: "Poets.org lets users build their own personal portable online commonplace book out of the materials on our site."
Add verse to your email signature
: "Many email programs allow you to create personalized signatures that are automatically added to the end of every email you send."
What's your idea?