When I was 12 years old, my paternal grandmother died of cancer. It was the first death in my life that, while not unexpected, really shook me to my core, instilling a heavy sense of loss and grief. I remember writing so many poems, one of which was read at her funeral, and feeling more connected to her, as if my words could somehow reach her that way since I could no longer speak to her.
It's the middle of National Poetry Writing Month! How is your writing faring? Are you writing a poem every day? Which new styles of poetry have you tried? Share your most challenging pieces, prompts and results in the chat!
It's not too late to get involved, either. Just start writing today! You can also read a poem each day if you prefer that to writing. If so, share your favorite poems in the chat.
Humor writers, take notice! The annual Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest is once again open for submissions. This annual contest is a favorite not only because it's all about humorous writing but because it's one of very few contests that does not require an entrry fee.
Want to write poetry but don't know where to start? Maybe you want to introduce it to your kids or students but you aren't sure what to do. You're in luck! There are many different books, activity guides and even poetry workbooks that you can use to help your children learn more about poetry.
As 2018 speedily soars our way, poet lovers and poets are making plans for a year of celebrating poetry. Whether it's reading or writing, what do you hope to accomplish this year? If it's reading, perhaps you would like to try reading a new poet, or reading all of the works by your favorite. Maybe you'll buy all books of poetry as gifts for the year!
Christmas is only a few days away and Winter Solstice is tomorrow! It's time to get into the holiday spirit and really enjoy the season together. One way to do this is--you guessed it!--through poetry! Some of the most famous and well-loved poems, like "Twas the Night Before Christmas," are already holiday staples for many people, with beloved copies being lovingly recited year after year. Some may even do so from memory!
Poetry teatime lovers, there are so many great holiday gift ideas for you and your kind! Here are just a few great ideas for the person who loves to enjoy tea and poetry with you this year.
Single serve tea pots! These tea for one pots sold at the English tea store are so affordable and cute. You could get one for each person who enjoys tea! The same shop is a great place to get tea time treats, teas and other great tea favors.
Shopping for a poetry lover this holiday season? There are plenty of cool gifts to give someone who loves poetry, from notebooks and writing instruments to books of poetry by their favorite poets, but an old favorite is magnetic poetry. Magnetic poetry is a fun way to create new poems anytime on the fridge, a filing cabinet or any magnetic surface.
If you are a parent, writer, homeschooler, teacher or lover of poetry of any kind, this week-long challenge is for you! The Brave Writer Blitz is going on this week and we've been having a blast with it at our house. I've heard people say that they loved or hated Brave Writer, and I totally get why those who don't like it, don't: because it's SO open-ended.
"Use poetry as a fundraiser?" Yes! It can not only be done, but it can also be SO much fun.
It doesn't have to be complicated, either. Just get some paper and pens for each poet, some tables and chairs to write at and make some signs. "Free poems! Please donate to our cause." People will approach and ask you for a poem and you can write something for them while encouraging them to make a donation. You can also ask for a minimum donation or suggested donation.