Monday, April 18, 2016

Thursday is Poem in your Pocket Day

Print out, copy or write a poem to keep in your pocket on Thursday, Poem in your Pocket Day. Then  share the words with your friends, family and colleagues throughout the day.

The Academy of American Poets has put together a great PDF with poems you might download and print out (or store on your mobile device.)

You might look for inspiration in Split this Rock's Quarry, a social justice poetry database.

Have a verse in mind, but you don't remember the author or title? The Library of Congress has put together some great resources for Lost Titles, Forgotten Rhymes: How to Find a Novel, Short Story, or Poem Without Knowing its Title or Author.

You might try Columbia University's free trial access to Granger's World of Poetry Online in order to find that perfect poem.

Whatever you do, give yourself a few extra moments to read through some poems and then read one or two aloud with someone else. Give the poem new life with your breath. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Happy National Poetry Month!


April is National Poetry Month! I hope you'll celebrate by reading a new poet or two and writing some poems, too. Here are some ways to get started:

Poem in Your Pocket Day is April 21. Print out a poem or copy a poem down and carry it around for the day. Share it with your friends.

Sign up for a poem a day emailed to you by the Academy of American Poets or the Poetry Foundation (with audio.)

Write in response to a prompt a day from Robert Brewer at Writers Digest.

Listen to poets read their poems at Fishouse or watch video poems by Motionpoems.

Shop independent bookstores for poetry. Washington D.C. based Politics and Prose bookstore is featuring poetry collections on their website.

Read and support (subscribe!) a poetry literary magazine. Find one through Poets & Writers' database.

If you're in D.C., hear Malachi Black, Laurie Ann Guerrero, and A. Van Jordan read their original sonnets at the Folger Shakespeare Library on April 11th and attend Split this Rock's Poetry Festival April 14 - 17.

If you're in NYC, visit Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop or Poets House