Four ways to celebrate National Poetry Month

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And then it was April, and then it was Spring. And then it was poetry month and a prose writer tried to clumsily sound poetic. 

I love poetry the way a child loves a cat. I don’t understand it, but I know that I love it.

Poetry is an art form more prose authors should consider practicing. Not because I think we’d be particularly good at it. But because understanding words in that way will help any writing. A poet considers each word carefully to invoke the emotion of a moment. They take wordplay to a whole new level. 

That being said, I was listening to an episode of Writing Excuses that gave me a question I do not have an answer for. 

What is poetry? 

I’d like to say it’s like porn. I know it when I see it. But that seems like an oversimplification and a lazy joke beside.

I’d advise all of you to listen to that episode, as they answer the question better than I ever could.

Anyway, here’s a list of ways you can celebrate Poetry Month. I hope you enjoy them.

Read your favorite poems and share them on social media.

I do this all the time, but this is the month for it. Poems are the perfect thing to share on social media. They’re short, they convey emotions and experiences. And they’re much better than celebrity gossip and fights with strangers.

Write some of your poetry, even if it’s bad.

Especially if it’s bad. Poetry is a way to express yourself. It’s a way to give a voice to things you might not know how to say. It’s a way to commemorate a moment, a feeling. So even if it’s bad, it’s art. And the world never has enough art. 

Look into word art. 

Since we’re talking about art, let’s discuss word art. Think micro-fiction or a poem paired with some awesome visual art. This is a really fun thing to create, layering creative methods on top of each other. Using one to elevate the other. I love it. If you’ve never tried it, you should. You might love it too.

Learn about a new form of poetry. 

There are so many kinds of poetry, it’s sort of staggering. One that I love is found poetry, the method of finding a poem within a page of pre-written prose. But there are so many other forms. And this is the month to learn about a new one.

So what do you think? How are you celebrating Poetry Month? What’s your favorite poetry form? Let us know in the comments below. 

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