Sunday, April 3, 2011

April is national poetry month

Now is your chance to get creative. Go to a poetry slam. Get in the beat. Have some fun with poetry.

So you might ask yourself, where do I begin? Well, emotion has a lot to do with poems. Putting your feelings in motion, sort of. You might want to check out How to write a poem. It just might help.

One of my favorite books on writing poetry is Poemcrazy. You might also want to check out the Poetry Home Repair Manuel by Ted Kooser.  Or some other wonderful and helpful books like Ordinary Genius, and In the Palm of your Hand.

Usually, this month you will find Poetry Slams going on at your local library and even a bookstores. It could open a whole new window of opportunity for you. There are even books on that. Poetry Slam and Take the Mic. These are books to help you learn how to give impressive spoken word performances.

If that's not enough, sink your teeth into a poetry novel. Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow is told in an interesting verse about an ordinary dog catcher who meets a werewolf, but doesn't quite know it.

Sonja Sones has to be my all time favorite when it comes to the gift of poetry through storytelling. I'm quite fond of What my Girlfriend Doesn't Know and Stop Pretending. What are some of your favorite poetry books?


a book of short stories said...

Oh great! Well, I do love Jane Yolen's poetic ways.

Holly said...

I love Sonja Sones, too.

Pearl Westwood said...

Thats brilliant, I will have to reread some of my favourites in honor!

Freddi Kelly Marsh said...

I did not know that april was poetry month, i am glad about that !
Do you like classical poetry?

ellie said...

I wish I could write better poetry.

meg said...

That's so cool. I'll have to do something. I love poetry slams.

Freddi Kelly Marsh said...

Thank You.
I've never studied Emily Dickinson actually, but looks like an awesome poet, and I love the major themes she write about.
If I may, I love Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Ronsard and Appollinaire about poetry. Have you ever heard about them?


Cafe Fashionista said...

I used to write poetry as a child, but I was honestly never very good at it. :P

Cuppykirsten said...

Wonderful, I love poetry!

With love, Kirsten

Cait said...

I love poetry month!!!