2020 is only days away, and I have a tiny but mighty challenge for you, my fellow poets: can you sum it up in six words? If you're not familiar with six-word memoirs, check them out here and see what you think before accepting this challenge! Can you sum up 2019 in just six words? I'm still pondering mine.
The Internet makes it easy to be both lazy and creative, giving us access to more information and more auto-generating programs than ever. This can lead to some really fun hybrid poems for those interested in using them. From word clouds to generic generators, there are lots of ways to do this. Some of them, like this poem generator, even let you select which type of poem you'd like to create, such as a sonnet, haiku or free verse poem. You can even choose some themes, like love poems.
Every few days, I have a note to celebrate National Poetry Month in a new way in my planner. Today's note says, "Give someone a poem." This is a fun prompt, but which poem to share, and with whom should I share it? Part of me wants to copy a favorite poem out by hand, which would look really pretty, or even just a favorite stanza (maybe "Goblin Market") and decorate it. Then again, it would be rather meaningful to write a whole new poem to share with someone, too.
How is your National Poetry Writing Month going? I have to confess that 10 days in, I still haven't written a poem! Between illness, a surgery and catch-up at work, I haven't had a lot of time, but I do plan to catch up this weekend. If you have a poem you're proud of or want feedback on, please do share it in the chat!
Any lover of poetry already knows how valuable the library card is. You can check out poems to your heart's delight, from Whitman collections to the many YA books told in verse available. In fact, my teen and I are reading Bayou Magic together right now, which is prose but so poetic you'd think it's poetry, and it's courtesy of the library.
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!