April is National Poetry Month. WAIT! I get it. We aren’t all poets. But even if you aren’t a poet it is important to learn about poetry. Not only do poets play with words but they also pack a lot of meaning into their writing. This is somethign that you can use no matter what you write. Do it and readers will notice certain lines of text even if they don’t know why these lines stick with them.
Here are three things you can do to get into poetry. Number 1 and Number 2 aren’t time sensitive but if you want to take part in #3, it is only open through April.
1. Listen to a Podcast. Patrice Vecchione is a poet, teacher and nonfiction author. She is interviewed on an Institute of Children’s Literature Writing for Children podcast that you can find here. I haven’t listened to this yet but the notes say that they discussed ways to get started writing poetry and other topics. The show notes also include downloadable resources. Other poetry podcasts include the Poetry Magazine Podcast, Poetry Unbound, and the Poem of the Day by the Poetry Foundation.
2. Read or Listen to Poetry. I admit that I don’t read enough poetry. Among my favorite poets are Naomi Shihab Nye and Joy Harjo. In this video, Naomi Shihab Nye reads her poem Kindness and discusses the writing of this poem. In this video, Joy Harjo reads her poem, Grace. You can find a wealth of poems being read on Youtube.
3. Library poetry compilation. If you are over 18 years old and are a St. Louis Country Library patron, submit an entry this month for the poetry compilation. You can check out the details here. It sounds like the book will feature poems from library patrons across Missouri so if you aren’t in St. Louis County check your local library web site.
If you can think of something else that I should have told people about. Be sure to add it below and thank you.