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!
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.