April may be the month for pranksters, nature lovers, and spring fanatics, but it is also a joy for poets as we celebrate National Poetry Month. It will be the 20th anniversary this year – inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. The month is a feast for poetry lovers with nationwide celebrations from schools, libraries, publishers, booksellers, and social media.
It is a time for writers to shine. We can do that by spreading poetry everywhere we go. Here are a few ways to motivate the poet in you:
- Look out on social media and magazines for contests and prompts. It is a great time to get your name in the limelight if a page or publication decides to share your poems.
- While going around town, keep a few pocket poems and tack them on billboards or hand them out to a stranger, family or friends. You never know who may need to hear some inspirational words.
- Buy a book of poetry and share your favorite poems from a new artist or a classic one. Check out CTU’s list of poets here.
- Attend a poetry reading at a nearby cafe or library to discover some local talents. Or start your own poetry reading group.
Join in on CTU’s 30-day writing challenge. Use the hashtag #ctuwritingprompt and your poem could possibly be featured on our blog and social media pages at the end of each week.
So what are you waiting for? Get those fingers warmed up and get to writing! We have given you the ideas…now let the magic happen. Make every day of National Poetry Month count.
Written by: Donna J. Sanders
Donna is a freelance writer and blogger in West Palm Beach, FL. She is the author of Ataraxia – a poetry collection about the struggles we face, the state of the world and how to see beauty in the simplest things, and Cardboard Signs – poems to bring awareness about homelessness, mental illness, self-esteem and the injustices many face.
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