14 April 2006
April is National Poetry Month
So, says you, how does a yahoo such as meself make merry during natchional poitry month? Well, friend, here are ten good ways to do just that, all shamelessly lifted from the Utah Arts Council website (just use your imagination if you live in Not Utah):
01. Memorize a favorite poem: Getting a favorite poem "by heart" is a wonderful way to deepen your appreciation of the words and spirit of a great poem.
02. Put poetry in an unexpected place: Leave a copy of a favorite poem (or, better yet, a book of poems by a favorite poet) in the break room of your office, or on a table in a restaurant.
03. Attend a poetry reading: Utah has a rich literary scene. Find a reading near you by visiting our National Poetry Month Calendar.
04. Read a poem at an open mic: It doesn't have to be an original composition. Read any poem you like and think the audience might like.
05. Take a poem to lunch: Read a poem silently to yourself as you eat. Or, if you're at lunch with friends, have everyone read a poem out loud from the book you've brought along for this purpose. It will add a touch of art to your day ... and your lunch will taste better.
06. Recite a poem to family or friends: There are many 'occasional poems' appropriate for the various seasons or birthdays, graduations and other celebrations. Add a poem to your next family gathering.
07. Buy a book of poems for your local library: Many libraries have suffered budget cuts and have slowed or stopped their acquisition of poetry books. You can make sure your library has the works of those poets dearest to you.
08. Put a poem in a letter or email: Many email programs allow you to create personalized signatures at the end of every message you send. You can include a favorite verse or line of poetry to yours.
09. Promote public support for poetry: Each year Congress decides how much money will go to the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Utah Legisature decides how much to fund the Utah Arts Council. You can contact your elected officials to let them know how important the arts are in your life. Include a poem with the message.
10. Support your local poet: When you attend readings, let the poets know how much you appreciate their work. Invite them to speak to your club or civic group. Offer to buy them lunch.
(For even more great ideas, look here.)
Posted by Geo on Friday, April 14, 2006