Next month is National Poetry Month! Yay! (But hey, come there isn’t a National Fiction Month or National Short Stories month? Is there?)
I hope you’ll be celebrating like me: knocking down athletes at sporting events with potato-gun propelled poetry books; prank-calling people at 2 a.m. to recite some e. e. cummings; and passing out drunk after “poetry and pizza” parties where poetry is incessantly read aloud, sometimes multiple poems read at once, for an inhuman twelve or thirteen hours at a time.
Another way I might celebrate is to post a poem a day from a published poet, and then to comment on it. (I could challenge myself to write a poem a day, but I already did this in January with Angele.) You can get daily poems from the Writers Alamanc, but that would be too easy, and I don’t always like the poems in there, anyway. You can also get a poem e-mailed to you every day in April by the Academy of American Poets. The Academy suggests other ideas, including the “poem in your pocket” project. You carry around a poem (or poems) in your pocket, and spontaneously read them in a public place.
You can also leave poems at restaurants, bookstores, bus stations, etc. I think I might do this one, too.
The Poet’s Market Poetic Asides blog also offers good posts and weekly poem prompts (on Wednesdays), so if you don’t want to try the demanding challenge of writing a poem a day, maybe one a week will still be pretty hyper-productive for you.
That’s all I’ve got for now. Let me know if anyone has any other ideas.