13 Simple Ways to Be More Poetic Today

Hunting of the Snatch1

Fit the Fifth: The Hunting of the Snatch

National Poetry Month continues!

Today I’m posting this awesome pic and link to one of Lewis Carroll’s lesser-known poems: The Hunting of the Snark: An Agony in Eight Fits. It has some of the same ideas and playful portmanteau as the more popular Jabberwocky.

And since most of us have more to do than time, I’m posting 13 of my favorites from Poets.org’s larger list of 30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month. I chose a few that just about anyone’s schedule can accommodate!

#2 – Sign up for Poem-a-Day and read a poem each morning.

#3 – Deepen your daily experience by reading Edward Hirsch’s essay “How to Read a Poem.”

#5 – Create an anthology of your favorite poems on Poets.org.

#7 – Buy a book of poetry from your local bookstore.

#8 – Review these concrete examples of how poetry matters in the United States today.

#9 – Learn more about poets and poetry events in your state.

#17 – Ask the United States Post Office to issue more stamps celebrating poets.

#18 – Recreate a poet’s favorite food or drink by following his or her recipe.

#19 – Read about different poetic forms.

#22 – Subscribe to American Poets magazine or a small press poetry journal.

#25 – Watch a  poetry movie

#27 – Get ready for Mother’s Day by making a card featuring a line of poetry.

#28 – Prepare to celebrate National Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 30, 2015. The idea is simple: select a poem you love, carry it with you, then share it with coworkers, family, and friends. 

Again, the whole list is of course awesome. Happy writing this week!!

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