Once again, it is my favorite cruelest month: National Poetry Month. For the month of April, we poetry lovers celebrate all things poetic. Once again, I will be attempting to produce a poem a day over at my poetry blog: http://andreazellner.tumblr.com.
Additionally, a few of us over on the twitters have pledged to participate as a community. We are using the hashtag #poemaday. I’d love it if you posted your poems, drafts, intentions and tweeted out what you can. Tag all blog posts and tweets with #poemaday so we can find and support you.
My friend Bud has pledged to post prompts every day over at his blog: http://budtheteacher.com.
Also, here is the information from the American Academy of Poets for National Poetry Month: http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/41
Anything else I should add? Leave suggestions, ideas, or pledges to participate in the comments. See you in April!
POST EDIT: More resources
Well, so far, so good. I’ve managed a haiku everyday. Here are the fruits of my first week’s labors (even though it wasn’t a full week…). The Twaikus from Week 1 of National Poetry Month:
the horizon is/no longer fixed, in flight/a breeze leads astray
the robin sits, king/against the early green shoots/his, this patch of earth
whispers in blossoms/sweet words brush gentle, lips part/eyes close against sun
branches twist awkward/gives voice to wind, howling/your absence haunting
April brings late snow/blankets awakening earth/tender buds in ice
I am happier with some than with others…what can I say? A poem a day doesn’t leave a lot of time for revision.
In a moment of inspiration, I thought it would be fun to use twitter to challenge myself to a daily poem every day of April, National Poetry Month. The form immediately became a problem since twitter only allows 140 characters. And so I decided on a daily haiku. I’ve added my twitter widget to the right side of the blog for those who would like to follow my progress. There are a number of other folks who will be doing this as well, since this is also National Poetry Writing Month. On twitter, the tags are #npm and #napowrimo.
I plan to post my weekly haikus on Friday on this blog, for those who refuse to be part of twitter (I understand…it does sometimes feel a little too self-involved to be a twitter user. But I swear I use it for my personal learning network most of the time!).
My first twitter-ku was a harder than expected to post since it has been a long time since I’ve shared anything creative in a long, long time. It seems I feel a little foolish here in April:
Spring is violent
like all miracles it scars
ice torn reveals earth