National Poetry Month starts today and many writers are joining NaPoWriMo and writing a poem a day. While I do write poetry on occasion, (more like sometimes I am graced by a poem), I won’t attempt to write a new poem every day. Instead, my commitment is to read a new poem every day for the month of April. Each day a different poet.
I think I’ll just close my eyes and let the Muse choose a book from my bookshelves each morning. I’ll post the titles of both the book and the poem and maybe a line or two on my Facebook page.
I’m starting the month by reading a poem from Roger Aplon’s newest book, Improvisations—Poetic Impressions From Contemporary Music. I’ve read the collection before, but since Roger is coming to San Diego for a publication party (April 22) as well as leading a workshop in Improvisations for Writers (April 24), I thought I’d begin here. My poem for the day: from the series “After ‘As the Leaves Fall,’ Elliott Carter’s Five String Quartets” No. 1. You can find out more about Roger’s book here, and if you’re in San Diego or nearby, I hope you’ll join us for the book party at San Diego Writers, Ink.
Another way I’m honoring National Poetry Month and giving myself and others the joy and beauty of engaging with poetry, is to use a prompt from the Academy of American Poets’ NPM poster at my Thursday Writers Group. (The poster is free; here’s their site). PS sign up for their Poem-a-Day email and start each email day by reading a poem.
Most likely I’ll distribute poems on Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day on April 21; I like to do that. In fact, I like to just carry poems around in my pocket any old day. You can do it too. Poets.org makes it easy with these downloadable pocket-sized poems.
San Diego is fortunate in having many open-mic poetry readings around town, so I’ll put a couple of those on my calendar, too. Maybe I’ll even read a poem or two of my own. Maybe. And there’s the idea of posting a poem or two, or submitting to a publication or poetry journal.
I might even eat some poetry like Mark Strand.
What are your plans for National Poetry Month?