April is National Poetry Month!
This is the 14th Anniversary of the event founded by The Academy of American Poets.
National Poetry Month was established by the Academy of American Poets as a month-long, national celebration of poetry. The concept was to increase the attention paid-by individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our poetic heritage, and to poetry books and magazines. In the end, we hoped to achieve an increase in the visibility, presence, and accessibility of poetry in our culture. National Poetry Month has been successful beyond all anticipation and has grown over the years into the largest literary celebration in the world.
I hope that this post will encourage you to take a few less Naps, and Snoozes, read poetry, and even write Cat-Themed Poetry of your own.
You may think you don't have it in you to write a poem, but you would be mistaken.
If even I can discover my talent for the stuff then you can, too!
To get things started....
Let me remind you of the Challenge to Pussydom Assembled that I set on January, and that a few brave Kitties took up.
Anyway...Daddy gets E-Mails:
Robert Lee Brewer, of the wonderful Poetic Asides Blog, spreads the word about The 3rd Annual Poetry A Day Challenge...
On 4/1, we'll begin another poetic journey of a poem-a-day through the month of April over at the Poetic Asides blog. You can read the guidelines here.
The Basics: I provide a prompt and sample poem each morning (Georgia, USA, time). Then, poets write their poems in response to the prompt. Poets from all over the world can (and have in the past) participate. There is no fee, no registration, no pressure. This challenge is all about writing poetry and having fun.
Those who have participated in the past have ranged from poets who have published multiple collections to writers who have never written poetry before. It's also included many poets who haven't written poetry in years. And many poems written for these challenges have then gone on to be published in poetry journals and magazines.
Show up to the Poetic Asides blog Thursday morning (around 9 or 10 Atlanta, Georgia time) to see the first prompt.
See you there!
The First Prompt has been posted, and encourages one to write "a lonely poem".
Call this post Discover your Poetic Pussycat Challenge 2. ;-D
If you can't do a poem every day (I know, I know, those Naps, and Snoozes, can be soooo inviting, and relaxing! And then there is Playtime!)...try to spend the month working on, and then posting when done, a poem for each prompt, or as many as you can muster, or keep the links on hand for reference throughout the year.
Send me an e-mail with the links, and I'll do occasional round-ups: opinionated.feline @ gmail.com (Copy, paste, and Squeeze, you know the drill!)
As an example of the 1st prompt let me share a poem I just thought up, based on a poem, called "Alone", that Daddy wrote in 2006. ;-D
STARTING THE DAY
In the morning I will awaken, I will look out the window
My brain a fog; myself
Will look about, and see another,
Alone in the park, and break
The silence with breath and a curious meow;
He is enjoying the grass and the trees
Seeing what is to see, and hearing what I can not
In the shadows of the dawn; and myself
With paws pressed against the screen,
Will smile in contentment, and
Plan for the day of Naps, Snoozes, and Play, that will be.
NOTE: I will add links to each of Roberts Prompts, below, as the days go by.
April 2 = Write a Water Poem.
April 3 = Take the phrase "Partly (blank)," replace the blank with a word or phrase, make that the title of your poem, and then write the poem.
April 4 = Write a History Poem.
April 6 = Two pieces of art, and you are to pick one (or both) to write an ekphrastic poem.
What's an "Ekphrastic Poem"? Learn all you need to know, for this prompt, here.
April 7 = Take the phrase "Until (blank)," replace the blank with a word or phrase, make that the title of your poem, and then write the poem.
April 8 = Pick a tool, make that the title of your poem, then write your poem.
April 9 = Write a self-portrait poem.
April 10 = Write a horror poem.
April 11 = Take the phrase "The Last (blank)," replace the blank with a word or phrase, make that the title of your poem, and then write the poem.
April 12 = Pick a city, make that the title of your poem, and write a poem.
April 13 = Two for Tuesday:
1. Write a love poem.
2. Write an anti-love poem.
April 14 = Take the phrase "(blank) Island," replace the blank with a word or phrase, make that the title of your poem, and then, write the poem.
April 15 = Write a deadline poem.
April 16 = Write a death poem.
April 17 = Write a science poem.
April 18 = Take the phrase "To (blank)," replace the blank with a word or phrase, make that the title of your poem, and then, write the poem.
April 19 = Write a poem about somebody and be sure to include the person's name in the title of your poem (no reason to hide the person's identity here).
April 20 = Two for Tuesday:
1. Write a looking back poem.
2. Write a poem that doesn't look back.
April 21 = Take the phrase "According to (blank)," replace the blank with a word or phrase, make that the title of your poem, and then, write the poem.
April 22 = Write an Earth poem.
April 23 = Write an exhausted poem.
April 24 = Write an evening poem.
April 26 = Write a "more than 5 times" poem.
April 27 = Two for Tuesday:
1. Write a Hopeful Poem.
2. Write a Hopeless Poem.
April 28 = Write an end of the line poem.
April 29 = Take the phrase "And Suddenly (blank)," replace the blank with a word or phrase, make that the title of your poem, and then, write the poem.
April 30 = Write a letting go poem.
***UPDATE - 4/30/10***