If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.
Ms. Dickinson was clearly a Brain Popcorn-style poet. (She also reputedly said “The brain is wider than the sky,” a sentiment I quite enjoy.) And so I am happy to say…
There are a lot of very cool things going on in the world for National Poetry Month, and here are a smattering of particularly interesting and/or interdisciplinary approaches:
One Day Poem Pavilion — a very neat project, brought to deserving attention by Paul Orselli over on Exhibitricks. This particular intersection of art and science writes a poem with sunlight and cardboard which changes as the day progresses. Be sure to check out the time lapse video.
You Too Can Haiku — ARTSEDGE does it again! A nice satisfying lesson plan incorporating writing, visual art, and multicultural discussion.
Michelangelo Complains in Rhyme about the Sistine Chapel — Highly amusing, even if one probably loses something in the translation. (And it holds particular shine for me, as I’m going to Italy at the end of next week!) This would be a really fun poem to tie in to a discussion/activity on ekphrasis. If you’re looking for further ideas, I recommend this lesson plan over at ReadWriteThink.
MYO Magnetic Poetry Activity Plan (downloadable pdf) This is the list of materials and directions for a Make Your Own Magnetic Poetry activity that I’ve done several times at The Discovery Museums, and which will also be one of the April drop-ins at the Art & Nature Center here at PEM. It’s entertaining, and though pre-cutting words can be time consuming, it’s very rewarding to watch people sift through the words and exclaim over the ones they find. Small kids through teenagers and adults have fun with this one!
Finally, I would like to applaud this particular random act of poetry in a grocery store. That kind of news just makes my day.