Thursday, April 01, 2010

april - national poetry month

Happy April - and that's no fooling!

April is National Poetry Month in Canada and the U.S. I have decided to celebrate it by preparing some poetic treats for the blog this month.

1. Top ten classic poems.
A week or so ago, Sherry, who writes the popular Semicolon blog, initiated the top 100 classic poems project. She invited other poetry lovers to submit their top ten classic poems (classic meaning old, as in having stood the test of time, and published before 1923 so in the public domain). I submitted my top favs to her - and thought that I would dish them out slowly here on promptings. So watch for those postings to begin Saturday (April 3rd) with Number 10.

2. 100 Classic Poems:
Stay tuned to the Semicolon blog where Sherry will unveil the top 100 classic poems as suggested by her readers.

3. 2010 - 30 Poets 30 Days:
Gregory K. Pincus at GottaBook is doing an "April 2010 - 30 Poets 30 Days" project. He will post a previously unpub'd poem a day by well-known and published children's poets

4. Poem-A-Day Challenge:
If you're itching to try your hand at writing poetry of your own, Robert Lee Brewer at Poetic Asides will feature a prompt for every day in April and a poem he has written in response to that prompt to help get the creative juices flowing. You can later submit five of your best poems for some recognition (should your poems catch Robert's eye). Challenge guidelines are here.

5. National Poetry Month Blog Tour:
Serena at Savvy Verse & Wit is hosting a National Poetry Month Blog Tour. Catch it here (and join in by linking your poetry month postings via her Mr. Linky; you're even invited to nab a button - I did!)

There are bound to be other things - which I will list here as I become aware of them.

I will also prepare this page as a standalone (called "April Poetry 2010") and linked just under the blog banner. Return any time during the month to find the links and see what more is happening.

A Happy Poetic April to us all!!


Serena said...

I just love National Poetry Month! Thanks for posting about it and for participating in the blog tour...feel free to snag one of the images for your posts.

I'll be checking out your posts. I do the Poem-a-day challenge every year...I hope I get to see some of your poems.

Gregory K. said...

Thanks for the link! And I also love reading Poetic Asides - Robert's prompts and poems are definitely part of my April, too.

Waterfall said...

And a happy poetic April to you, too! I think I might try the poem-a-day challenge. A few short lines is just about all I have time to write, with the new baby keeping me busy!

violet said...

Thank you Serena, Greg and Waterfall.

W - that's wonderful. Sounds like poetry might be just the right project for now. (A lullaby collection?)

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