This week: It's NaPoWriMo Time!Edited by: eyestar~
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Hello, I am happy to be back as a guest editor! April is NaPoWriMo Month! Find out why and how it all works!
Be inspired to write a poem!
"I wrote some of the worst poetry west from the Mississippi River, but I wrote. And I finally sometimes got it right."
'I consider myself a poet first and a musician second. I live like a poet and I'll die like a poet.'
~ Bob Dylan
"If you can’t be a poet, be the poem".
~ David Carradine
"There is not a particle of life which does not bear poetry within it."
Following successful projects like NaNoWriMo, and their Woman's History Month, National Poetry Writing Month was started in 1996 by the Academy for the American Poets. It has become the largest literary celebration of poetry in schools, librairies, publishers with the intent of increasing the appreciation and reading of poetry.
What a fabulous and inspirational notion and more needed today than ever.
The Academy's goals in supporting this event is an effort
to encourage poetry readership year round
to highlight the legacy and ongoing achievement of poets
to assist teachers bringing poetry reading in classrooms
to encourage publications and distribution of poetry
and encourage support for poets
In March of 2003 Maureen Thorson, a poet who published the Big Game Books, announced she was doing the project NaPoWriMO. She invited others to join her and the Muse's fire leapt and spread. Now I have even seen GloPoWriMo as an added title!
Now we celebrate 21 years of NaPoWriMO!
How do we play? Simply write a poem a day!
So, fellow poets, let's get active and write poems.
Celebrate us and all who have come before us! You can find all kinds of activities and prompts online
and right here:
I completed my first NaPoWriMo here on WDC last year! Great fun and helped me practice my haiku skills. This year I am considering themes on Canada as we are celebrating 150 year birthday in July. Party time!
And hey, you non poets, you can party as well! Read or recite your favourite poems, review poetry or books online, share favourite poems during the month in your communications! Have fun and maybe even give poetry writing a try!
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Inquiring muses want to know. Have you ever played in NaPoWriMo? Did you make it every day? Do you use prompts or free play as the muse inspires? Feel free to answer in a poetic way.
From Last Month's Newsletter: Thank you all!
From Hannah-Meg Knight
Hey, I really enjoyed reading this week's poetry newsletter - you introduced me to a new poet, whose poems are wonderful masterpiece! She was truly inspiring.
E. Pauline Johnson is a poet that is new to me. I like her poetry and appreciate your News Letter.
'August is laughing across the sky' - how wonderful! A brilliant newsletter, Mona, about a lady I had never heard of. Thank you for letting me take a peep into her life/works.
I did find it inspiring and your item gave me education. Inspired me enough to create poetry item right now.
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