Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Celebrating National Poetry Month with NaPoWriMo

God help me I'm doing NaPoWriMo again - National Poetry Writing Month - attempting to write a poem draft every day. It was my most productive month last year. The drafts I wrote sustained me during the dry times. I went back to those drafts and edited and mined them and managed to get a few really great poems when all was said and done.

For those who don't realize it, April is National Poetry Month. And there are many web sites featuring poem-a-day celebrations, including:

Knopf is featuring a poem-a-day from their authors, starting with Half Moon, Small Cloud, by John Updike

The Academy of American Poets is also emailing a poem-a-day, starting with Summer at Blue Creek, North Carolina, by Jack Gilbert

Poetry Daily always posts a new poem each day, but for April, the site features a daily Poet's Pick, beginning with Buffalo Bill's defunct, by e.e. cummings, selected by Linda Pastan

Bloof Books is featuring a poem-a-day podcast

(update: added) DailyLit and Poets & Writers Magazine have teamed up to email a poem-a-day to anyone who subscribes to their email list

And if you're crazy enough to want to write a poem every day this month, check out the blog posts by Maureen Thorson, Sandra Beasley, and Reb Livingston on the subject.

If you know of a web site that's celebrating National Poetry Month, feel free to post a link in the comments section.

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