April: National Poetry Month! Get Ready….

April is National Poetry Month.

I can HARDLY wait!

Below are ways to celebrate

thanks to


****There is always a reason to SMILE!****

Peace, Jen

30 Ways to Celebrate
Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day
The idea is simple: select a poem you love, carry it with you, then share it with co-workers, family, and friends.
Read a book of poetry 
“Poetry is a response to the daily necessity of getting the world right.”
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 off these classics and give them a fresh read?”
Put poetry in an unexpected place 
“Books should be brought to the doorstep like electricity, or like milk in England: they should be considered utilities.”
Bring a poem to your place of worship 
“We define poetry as the unofficial view of being, and bringing the art of language in contact with your spiritual practices can deepen both.”
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.”
Listen on your commute
“Often, hearing an author read their own work can clarify questions surrounding their work’s tone.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
Watch a poetry movie
“What better time than National Poetry Month to gather some friends, watch a poetry-related movie, and perhaps discuss some of the poet’s work after the film?”
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.”
Put a poem on the pavement 
“Go one step beyond hopscotch squares and write a poem in chalk on your sidewalk.”
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 poetry reading group 
“Select books that would engage discussion and not intimidate the reader new to poetry.”
Read interviews and literary criticism
“Reading reviews can also be a helpful exercise and lend direction to your future reading.”
Buy a book of poems for your library
“Many libraries have undergone or are facing severe cuts in funding. These cuts are often made manifest on library shelves.”
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.”
Integrate poetry with technology 
“Many email programs allow you to create personalized signatures that are automatically added to the end of every email you send.”
Ask the Post Office for more poet stamps
“To be eligible, suggested poets must have been deceased for at least ten years and must be American or of American descent.”
Sign up for a poetry class or workshop 
“Colleges and arts centers often make individual courses in literature and writing available to the general public.”
Subscribe to our free newsletter
“Short and to the point, the Poets.org Update, our electronic newsletter, will keep you informed on Academy news and events.”
Write a letter to a poet
“Let the poets who you are reading know that you appreciate their work by sending them a letter.”
Visit a poetry landmark
“Visiting physical spaces associated with a favorite writer is a memorable way to pay homage to their life and work.”

~ by Step On a Crack on March 5, 2012.

29 Responses to “April: National Poetry Month! Get Ready….”

  1. Thanks for posting this info Jen!


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  3. If I may take the liberty to suggest something here, I would like to add “Visit Steph’s blog” to the list 😛


    • Absolutamente Si!

      I LOVE your blog! In April I am going to go Poetry CRAZY and post all my favorite Poetry Blogs. YOURS will be on TOP!

      I need to figure out how to make a blogroll….

      XO Jen


  4. Yes! I’m going to get a real poetry book!


  5. I love the colorful poster! 😀


  6. I definitely need to get ready for this one! You know I think here in my city March is poetry month… So I will have two months of it! I love the suggestions there. I do need to get ready for this…

    Here, this is a link I just discovered the other day. Flickr Poet http://www.storiesinflight.com/flickrpoet/

    You plug in a poem and it gives you a picture collage of the poem from photos on Flickr. It’s cool!

    Also, you can go to the Magnetic Poetry site and play with their magnets. http://www.magneticpoetry.com/

    I love those Magnetic Poetry Kits. I should get mine out for April and use it. I finally put it away as it was hard to keep the fridge clean with them on there, and I was afraid of losing words, lol. I can be too OCD sometimes, lol.


    • Mrs. D!

      You LUCKY dog! 2 months!

      WOO HOO!

      I love the links thank you very much. I am going to post these in April if that is OK with you.

      XO my fellow traveler…



      • Of course! Post away! If I see more cool stuff, I will let you know. 🙂


      • Mrs. D!

        I am in deep MOM land now. The Kid is busy busy and I am barely fitting in brushing my teeth! I am SO happy to see you here!

        I CAN NOT wait for April and for Poem in a Pocket day! I am going to use ALL of it!

        Thank you my Friend….

        I WILL be in touch… Spring break is right around the corner.

        XO Jen


  7. Who knew?? What great ideas. I wish I’d have had this when I was teaching poetry. I love this. Thank you.


    • Heidi,

      It iS a great thing for schools. Oddly, few take part. I am sad that so few schools even teach poetry now. Thank goodness my son has one teacher who values poetry!

      April will be FUN!

      XO Jen


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  9. We don’t hhave a national poetry month here but I like the thirty ways to celebrate and will definately try some out here…thanks for the info 🙂


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  13. Hi Jen! Thanks for the great idea about putting a few lines of my poem in the signature line of my emails–hadn’t thought of that!! Wishing you well today. God bless you abundantly–love, Caddo


    • Dear Caddo,

      I LOVE changing my email signature and using poetry is perfect! APRIL is almost here Caddo!
      There will POETRY everywhere…. I hope…

      Blessings to you too my Friend!

      Jen by the way… Your story of your window adventure had me laughing out loud and afraid for you at the same time. Well done! Hard to write and elicit such contrasting emotions.


  14. Jen, thanks so much for the ping-back to my blog for upcoming events for National Poetry Month for April – your support is much appreciated.

    Lots going on everywhere this month – I’ve already posted my first feature guest for April, and still more to come!

    Have a wonderful poetry month! ~ Julie 🙂


    • Dear Julie!

      Isn’t this just so exciting! POETRY all MONTH! (OK I bet this is true for you too: I always have Poetry everyday, like a multi vitamin)

      I will be listing Blog poets this month and posting my favorite poems (right. THAT is NOT an easy feat…) I would love to link back to you if that is OK with you….

      You too; Happy Poetry!

      Peace, Jen


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