Poetry is strange and wonderful thing. It can be short and free flowing or epic and structured and everything in between. From Haikus to Ballads to Sonnets, couplets and quatrains, exact rhyme and slant rhyme, rhythm and meter. There are so many ins and outs that make up the great literary form we know and love as poetry.
Did you know that April is national poetry month? Not only does William Shakespeare celebrate his approximate birthday this month (April 23 a.k.a. talk like Shakespeare day), but poetry lovers around the world take time to celebrate and honor the form of literature that impacts our lives in such significant ways. From the poems we’re introduced to in school, to the ones that we seek out that speak to us, to the ones that others write for us or we write ourselves poetry touches us all.
Now that you know it is National Poetry Month, what are you going to do to celebrate? Poets.org provides 30 ways to celebrate national poetry month, which you should definitely check out if you want to have something poetry related for every day of the month; however, here are our three simple suggestions on ways to celebrate:
- Read poetry – Not only are there great classic poets to explore from E.E. Cummings to Allen Ginsberg, to Maya Angelou, but there are so many undiscovered poets out there that may speak to you as well. Explore the social networks and blogosphere, and find an undiscovered poet who speaks to you. Check out some of the collections of poetry on Kbuuk. Maybe even reach out to them. Poetry is powerful like that. Someone can make your day, and you can make his or hers.
- Memorize a poem – In high school I had to memorize Poe’s “The Raven”, it’s been a while since I’ve memorized anything else. I’ll probably spring for a Whitman this time around, maybe a Lord Byron. The trick is to choose a poem that really resonates with you, something applicable to your life that connects you to a collective human experience.
- Publish poetry – Lastly we’d love to invite all of the poets or aspiring poets to publish their work on Kbuuk during April and any month for that matter, but especially this month. We’ll be publishing our own sonnet project in the upcoming weeks in both ebook and audiobook format. Be sure to check back soon to enjoy what we’ve deemed as Twittertry an ebook compilation of some of the sonnets that have appeared on Pentametron.
So go out and enjoy National Poetry Month starting today!