How many of us have enjoyed, even been buoyed by, Mary Oliver's eloquence? She is the very reason many people turn to poetry--for the thirst it slakes, for the part of our broken selves it balms or even heals. Oliver's words may even describe what the meaning of life is to many people.
Writing exercises have always been great fun for me. Not only do they strengthen your writing, but they challenge you in a fun way that you can't get anywhere else. I miss the days when my old writing communities would issue word challenges or word banks for stories, and while I know that other communities still exist, it's still sad when the ones you belong to fizzle out or an admin quits and the group just falls apart.
This summer, my daughter and I made our way through the National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry. While she, not being a huge fan of poetry, didn't enjoy the book all that much, I loved many of the poems and all of the artwork.
When it comes to poetry, some people love it and some people hate it. But if you mix those poems into a fun game of mad libs everyone is sure to enjoy! These fun printable mad libs are free and ready to print today, so you can use them right away and engage in some poetic silliness with family, friends or students.
Whether you're giving it as a gift or simply hanging it for the world to see (in your living room), your poetry deserves to be displayed in an attractive manner. The question is in what manner should you do it? A lot of it depends on your own personal preferences. You might want to just print it on cardstock and hang it, or mat it with layers or even a frame for a more beautiful look.
We've become way too dependent on on specialists and experts in our culture. Look, if you have a brain tumor, you need a specialist, but to learn poetry? That's something anyone who enjoys poetry (or even hates it!) can teach. You can even use guides like this book, Teaching Poetry: Yes You Can! You don't even have to do that, though. Just collect some great poems and start talking about them.
If you are a poetry, fiction or essay writer looking for contests to enter, here is a great list of 31 free contests you can enter. Some of them have great prize money while others are more for the recognition, but any of them would be fun to enter and excellent to win!
Poetry lovers should check out the Poetry Nation website. Not only is it a great place where you can enter challenges, share your work and connect with poets all across the globe, but they also have contests where you can win up to $2,000 in cash prizes! The Poetry Nation semi-annual contest offers that plus 100 third-place poems, 20 runners up and a grand prize. It's the perfect opportunity for new poets to get some experience and recognition for their work.
It's not the most impressive form of poetry, nor is it going to help you win someone's heart (or maybe it will! You never know!). But the diamante is a cool way to experiment with words, teach parts of speech and just have a bit of fun.
Have you ever thought about holding your own poetry slam? It's not a complicated endeavor. In fact, it's pretty easy to do, and it's a wonderful way to host a fundraiser, raise awareness about an issue or just encourage your local artists. This DIY guide is a great place to start if you want to host your own slam. Poetry Slam, Inc. also has some great suggestions for starting your own competition. A slam doesn't have to be competitive, of course!