10 Things to Do from Home for National Poetry Month

It's National Poetry Month! Here are some ways to celebrate  from home (or at a social distance). 

1. Start each day with a poem. Borrow a digital book from the library, read from a book you have at home, or check out Poetry Foundation and browse poems by subject, author, or school of poetry. 

2. Write a poem on the sidewalk or at then end of your driveway in sidewalk chalk for others to read while walking. Carry a small notebook with you around for the day. Don't wait to sit down and write-- capture inspiration when it strikes. 

3. Write down 20 things you did during the day. Write each action as a separate line, but not chronologically. Read as a poem or look for a line that strikes you and create a poem from it. 

4. Take a short poem that you really love and create your own version of it. 

5. Use a poetry prompt to help you write a poem. 

6. Listen to a poetry podcast. Poem Off the Shelf features readings by contemporary poets, as well as interviews and short poetry documentaries. For other poetry podcasts, check out this Book Riot list. 

7. Try your hand at a blackout poem. Use a black marker to redact words from existing text on a magazine, newspaper, etc... to form a poem. Find examples here

8. Carry a small notebook with you around for the day. Don't wait to sit down and write-- capture inspiration when it strikes.  

9. Check out Poets & Writers magazine from rbdigital, free to use with a library card. 

10. Check out Hoopla for books of poetry, biographies of poets, and the documentary, And Still I Rise, about the illustrious poet Maya Angelou. 

 

 

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