Thursday, April 05, 2007

April is National Poetry Month:
How Many Have You Read So FAr?

It's day five of National Poetry Month. I'm asking every Mirathon reader to find a way to participate.


Well, let me get you started with some suggestions:

1. Read a poem a day. Just one to start. You may find you want to read more. Knopf makes it easy for you this month by offering to send you a poem-a-day. Subscribe by sending a blank email to the following address:

2. Buy a volume of poetry. It supports a poet and the publisher who risks printing a volume of verse. (Let's face it, poetry doesn't end up selling bazillions. Except maybe Maya Angelou.)

3. If you're a speculative fiction aficionado, but you've never dipped your toes in speculative poetry waters, try some this month. Today. Buy a copy of THE ALCHEMY OF STARS at, or of PARADOX or ASIMOV's at your local magazine seller. Visit any of the online magazines that offer SF poetry: The Sword Review, DKA, Strange Horizons, Abyss & Apex...Browse the list of online and print magazines HERE. Subscribe to one or two. (Read mine at TSR and DKA!)

4. Write a poem. What matters most to you? What have you observed that has resonance? What are you most afraid of? What do you most desire? Find the images and words to convey it to someone else. Then post it to your blog!

5. Drop by a poet's blog and tell them what you thought of their poem. Some I visit regularly or read on Bloglines include Mikal Trimm, Samantha Henderson, Karen Romanko, and Deborah Kolodji. See if a poet you like has a blog and say "Hi, your work matters to me."

6. Read a poem or two to your children every weekend this month. Pick fun rhyming poems, funny ones, scary ones. Buy them children's poetry books so they can read them to YOU. Start a new family tradition of verse.

7. Take a basic course in writing poetry. It'll keep Alzheimer's away.

8. Buy a set of magnetic poetry--especially one of the targeted ones for special interest, like Yiddish Magnetic Poetry--and put it on your fridge. The next time you have folks over, have everyone fiddle around and come up with some cool verse.

9. Attend the next poetry slam or reading at your local bookstore or cafe. Buy a poet a cup of coffee. Clap loudly.

10. Read God's poetry--the Psalms, Song of Songs, the more colorful prophets. And then read how poets have taken Bible stories and passages and created new poetry out of it, such as is done in CHAPTERS INTO VERSE and DIVINE INSPIRATION.

That's plenty to get you started. Now, go and become...VERSED!


SolShine7 said...

Thanks for the heads up and all the tips! I'm going to post a poem on my Think Virtue! blog and over here.

Robert said...

These are fun tips. Thanks!