National Poetry Month was created in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets. They have a great National Poetry Month page where you can find all sorts of interesting things: their new Poetfan contest, Life Lines (I wrote one last year), sign up to receive a Poem-a-Day in your email this month, and much more.
If you’re brave, you can participate in the Poets.org’s discussion forum‘s NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) activity and write a poem-a-day for the entire month of April.
I’m going to try it. The only reason I’m going to try it is because it emphasizes quantity over quality. I average one good poem a month, maybe. I’m hoping this exercise will force me to generate a whole slew of possible-poems and fragments that I can revise into something later.
Good luck with NaPoWriMo – anything that gets us writing is bound to be a good thing.h
Robert, I agree. The event may be a bit contrived, but sometimes I need an excuse to get myself into gear. Thanks for stopping by.