Are you ready for National Poetry Month?
Many poets, seasoned and new, will challenge themselves to write a poem a day throughout the month. The writers who complete the challenge end the month with thirty new drafts to edit and revise. What a gift to have so many new drafts!
Whether the poems end up in publishable form or not doesn’t matter. The goal is to practice your craft: literally, practice writing. Everyone from pianists to long distance runners practice; why shouldn’t poets?
I'll admit that I’ve never succeeded in writing a new poem draft every day, but I’m committed to trying this National Poetry Month. Like everyone else, I get distracted by other things. Not this year. It is said that it takes twenty-one days to develop a new habit and I would like to make a daily writing practice a habit.
Will you join me? Remember that the poems will be drafts; no piece of writing can be completed in one seating. There is no pressure to write about anything in particular or in a particular way.
If you choose not to commit to writing a new poem for thirty days, there are other ways to participate. You can read a poem a day by signing up to have a poem emailed to you from The Academy of American Poets, Knopf Publishing, or other poetry sites. You might decide to attend a poetry reading, browse an independent bookstore or visit your local library’s poetry section.