10 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month 2015

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National Poetry Month is upon us! How are you going to celebrate your favorite poets, pieces, or your own work? Endless possibilities abound! 

Here are some great quotes about poetry and what it means to us as a society:

Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.         ― Leonard Cohen

Poetry is everywhere; it just needs editing.                                                                               – James Tate

Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.                                                    – T.S. Eliot

Here are 10 ideas to to celebrate

  1. Participate in NaPoWriMo and commit to writing poetry everyday for the month of April.
  2. Host  a movie night and watch Dead Poet’s Society
  3. Pick a few types of poems to learn about and then try to write one. The haiku, prose poem, and couplets are great forms to learn about.
  4. Read a poem each day (or listen to a poem on The Writer’s Almanac)
  5. Find out if your city has a poet laureate, and seek out his or her work. If your city doesn’t have a poet laureate, feel free to use my city’s. His name is Peter Meinke, and he’s pretty incredible.
  6. Attend an open mic night where poetry will be part of the night
  7. Pick a famous poet that you don’t know about, and research a bit of info on their life and work. I recommend Natasha Trethewey, Carol Ann Duffy, Lucille Clifton, and Robert Hayden
  8. Listen/watch spoken word.
  9. Learn what poetry can do for our youth. Check out Get Lit’s efforts to bring literacy to the youth through poetry. After you do that, go check out “Somewhere in America“, an incredible poem written and performed by 3 incredible young women who are members of Get Lit.
  10. Find a poem that reminds you of a friend of family member. Write out the poem and mail it to them (you know… the old-fashioned way. Handwritten and snail mailed)

Do you have any ideas you’d like to add? Leave them in the comments below!

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