If you are feeling a sense of joy, ease and creativity flowing through your veins, then you’ve got to know it’s National Poetry Month! Woooo! Now, for the BOM team, we are pumped for the 2016 Mass Poetry Festival taking place in the last weekend of the month. But even if you can’t make it or there aren’t any local events going on, you can still celebrate!
First things first: Happy 20th Birthday NPM! You’re so grown up now, aren’t you? 🙂 . Now in order to get involved, Poets.org has a great start.
Here are a few favorites of ours on the Top 30 List (yeah, we realize it’s almost all of them on the list! haha):
- Order a free National Poetry Month poster and display it at work or school. (FREE!!!)
- Sign up for Poem-a-Day and read a poem each morning.
- Memorize a poem.
- Create an anthology of your favorite poems on Poets.org.
- Buy a book of poetry from your local bookstore. ************
- Review these concrete examples of how poetry matters in the United States today.
- 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.
- Read about poems titled “Poem.”
- Celebrate National Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 21, 2016. The idea is simple: select a poem you love, carry it with you, then share it with coworkers, family, and friends.
- Subscribe to American Poets magazine or a small press poetry journal.
- Watch Rachel Eliza Griffiths’s P.O.P (Poets on Poetry) videos.
- Watch a poetry movie.
- Sign up for a poetry class or workshop.
And if you are in Massachusetts, you must come to the Mass Poetry Festival! The schedule is not yet up but here is a way to get more info and even volunteer! By volunteering, you get a free t-shirt and free admission into the festival!
To end this post, I’d like to share one of my favorite poems of all time: