Thursday, April 5, 2012

May you have a poetical April...

April is National Poetry Month, and the American Academy of Poets has some wonderfully fun suggestions for how you could celebrate. There is Poem in Your Pocket Day , you can subscribe to their Poem-a-Day newsletter to receive a daily poem in your email during the month of April, or you can celebrate by just tooling around on the Academy's website to find new and old poetry that you might like. Their website is extremely creative and fun -- be sure to take a look.

Another interesting poetry project out there is the Favorite Poem Project. This project, initiated by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, includes a video archive of Americans reading their favorite poems. You can watch some of the videos on the Favorite Poem website.

Even the SF crowd is getting into National Poetry Month. The folks at Tor Publishing (a science fiction-fantasy publisher) are sponsoring a sci-fi/fantasy poetry series this month. They're going to have contributions by some biggies like Jane Yolen & Catherynne M. Valente, with a new poem added each week. Check out their blog by clicking here. Happy reading -- and maybe you'll even get inspired to start writing.

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