It seems appropriate for the title of this post to introduce National Poetry Month by paraphrasing the opening line of The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot:
April is the cruelest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
Maybe because it is the cruelest month, the Academy of American Poets (poets.org) picked April as National Poetry Month. Whatever the reason, the party starts today and continues all month.
Share in the celebration by visiting poets.org to participate in:
- 30 Poets, 30 Days: A poetic tweet-a-thon, where selected poets have 24 hours to tweet daily insights.
- Poem-A-Day: Sign up to get a poem from a new poetry book emailed to you each day.
- Poem In Your Pocket Day: On April 14, join thousands of people across the country by carrying a poem in your pocket.
- Poem Flow for iPhones: This app features daily poems beautifully presented as fixed and animated text. Even if you don’t have an iPhone, you can enjoy.
Whether you want to celebrate online or in person at book stores, poetry readings, libraries, or slams, there are hundreds of events planned across the country. To find out what’s going on near you, visit the National Poetry Map.
Poets.org has more planned. Visit the National Poetry Month page for all the details.
by Deborah Deck-Suárez
I’m sharing this poem by Deborah Deck-Suárez at ThirtyCreativeStudio because tonight, when I needed to be (should have been) writing, I was doing the old point and click around the web. I ended up at Deb’s site and found this poem. I was so inspired by the beauty of her words, and by the strong sense of connection, then loss, then longing conveyed in those few short lines, that I clicked off the internet and started writing.
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If you’re a writer finding it difficult to make time for writing, think about joining the Silent Writers Collective tonight for its weekly online silent retreat. All writers are welcome to join in at 9 EST and PST and commit an hour (more if you want) to their art.
You can work on your own project or use one of the exercises provided below.
For more information, visit the Silent Writers Collective.
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