Happy National Poetry Month, all! April is always one of my favorite months, not only because it rescues New England from the bitter drear that is March, but because there are suddenly people talking about poetry all over. Here’s a collection of some of my classic links and a few new fun opportunities:
30 Poets, 30 Days Blogger and author Gregory K. features a new poem a day by well-known poets on his kids’ literature blog, Gotta Book! Always a fascinating read.
Famous Poets in 140 Characters The New York Times asks 4 poets to write poems that would fit in a tweet.
Your Ode to the Big Blue run by the Smithsonian in connection with their Ocean Hall. Submit an ocean-inspired poem at the link or on their facebook page. Selected poems will be posted on the Smithsonian blog at the end of the month.
Poem a Day Challenge run by Robert Brewer, a poet and blogger for Writer’s Digest. Fun, challenging, eyebrow-raising, and entertaining, he’s posting a poem writing prompt every day this month.
Upcoming Poetry Events
Massachusetts Poetry Festival, May 13-14
Poetry Events by State at Poets.org
A Bit of Inspiration
See the world from upside-downish! Check out these beautiful photographs of puddle reflections by photographer Ingrid Nelson.
- in Just-
- spring when the world is mud-
- luscious the little
- lame balloonman
- whistles far and wee
- and eddieandbill come
- running from marbles and
- piracies and it’s
- when the world is puddle-wonderful
- the queer
- old balloonman whistles
- far and wee
- and bettyandisbel come dancing
- from hop-scotch and jump-rope and
- balloonMan whistles
- e.e. cummings