April is National Poetry Month

Photo: Yvonne Hanson

Photo: Yvonne Hanson

Daily Writing Practice - April is the month to do it!

Write every day. A hundred words or a thousand. It doesn't matter. Pick a time when you won't be interrupted and make a date with your inner muse. It might take a few days but they'll eventually show up and you'll be on your way to a beautiful relationship. There's so much on the internet to help you with your daily writing. Prompts. Journal ideas. Challenges and contests.

In April, which is National Poetry Writing Month, a bunch of us poets gather on The Waters Poetry Workshop and write a poem a day. It's a no judgment non-critique month of writing for the sheer joy of it. Join us won't you? Everyone is welcome.

For a list of online poetry workshops (poetry boards) visit the IBPC website which lists many on the left of their home page. These workshops are hotbeds for poetry and all will be hosting a 30 in 30 for April.

And there are other places, across the country and the USA, where you can find inspiration, prompts and company. Here are a few links!

NaPoWriMo - You'll find a good list of Participant Sites to help you find your landing spot for April's 30 in 30 challenge.

League of Canadian Poets - National Poetry Month began in the US in 1996, spearheaded by the Academy of American Poets on the steps of a post office in New York City. There, the story goes, Academy staff members handed out copies of T.S. Eliot’s poem, “The Waste Land,” which begins, “April is the cruellest month…” to individuals waiting in line to mail their tax returns. Established in Canada in 1998, NPM now brings together schools, publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, and poets from across the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in Canada’s culture. (Source: League of Canadian Poets website)

Poets Dot Org - National Poetry Month each April is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives. 

And there's always Google!

Enjoy your month of poetry and hopefully we'll see you on The Waters!


Jude Goodwin