April is National Poetry Month!

“National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture. ” – https://www.poets.org

30 ways to celebrate:

  1. Check out poetry books from your library!
  2. Follow us on Instagram for pocket poems posted in our stories.
  3. Sign up for Poem-a-Day and read a poem each morning.
  4. Memorize a poem.
  5. Create an anthology of your favorite poems on Poets.org.
  6. Encourage a young person to participate in the Dear Poet project.
  7. Buy a book of poetry from your local bookstore.
  8. Review these concrete examples of how poetry matters in the United States today.
  9. Learn more about poets and poetry events in your state.
  10. Attend a poetry reading at a local university, bookstore, cafe, or library.
  11. Read a poem at an open mic. It’s a great way to meet other writers in your area and find out about your local poetry writing community.
  12. Start a poetry reading group.
  13. Write an exquisite corpse poem with friends.
  14. Chalk a poem on the sidewalk.
  15. Deepen your daily experience by reading Edward Hirsch’s essay “How to Read a Poem.”
  16. Ask the United States Post Office to issue more stamps celebrating poets.
  17. Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day today! The idea is simple: select a poem you love, carry it with you, then share it with coworkers, family, and friends. 
  18. Read about different poetic forms.
  19. Read about poems titled “poem.”
  20. Watch a poetry movie
  21. Subscribe to American Poets magazine or a small press poetry journal.
  22. Watch Rachel Eliza Griffiths’s P.O.P (Poets on Poetry) videos.
  23. Watch or read Carolyn Forche’s talk “Not Persuasion, But Transport: The Poetry of Witness.”
  24. Recreate a poet’s favorite food or drink by following his or her recipe
  25. Read or listen to Mark Doty’s talk “Tide of Voices: Why Poetry Matters Now.”
  26. Read Allen Ginsberg’s classic essay about Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass.”
  27. Sign up for a poetry class or workshop.
  28. Get ready for Mother’s Day by making a card featuring a line of poetry.
  29. Read the first chapter of Muriel Rukeyer’s inspiring book The Life of Poetry.

Ways to celebrate copied from : https://www.poets.org/national-poetry-month/30-ways-celebrate-national-poetry-month