Sunday, April 01, 2012

Let the celebration begin!

It's the first day of National Poetry Month, both in Canada and in the U.S.

If you don't live in Seattle (the photo above is a wall of 'public poetry' from there), an easy place to get your daily poetry fix is Knopf's Poem-a-Day site. The poems selected are top-notch.

This is also a great month for working on poems of your own -- and there's still time to sign up for CV2's annual 2-day poem contest. You get 10 words (sometimes they're really hard to use, other years not so bad) to assemble into a poem in the space of 48 hours.

No doubt, there'll be special events and readings near where you live. The League of Canadian Poets offers a list of special events which are free of charge.

If you ever needed an excuse, Poetry Month provides plenty of reasons to pick up a pen (whether real or metaphorical) and write a poem. Get writing!

No comments: