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Sunday, April 5, 2015

April is National Poetry Month

Celebrate your life by reading and reciting poetry this April, National Poetry Month.

1. Pull out your old box of sidewalk chalk and chalk a poem on your driveway. Pick a shot one!

2. Copy off a favorite poems and carry it with you wherever you go in your pocket. Read it aloud to anyone who will listen.

3. Slip a poem in your children's lunch boxes for them to discover at lunch time. I suggest a silly poem.

4. Find a sexy poem that speaks to you. Read it aloud to your spouse at bedtime. Or better yet, ask him/her to read it aloud to you.

5. Go to your public library and check out a volume of poetry peruse it for a new favorite. Hint: poetry is shelved in the 800s in libraries using the Dewey Decimal system.

6. Attempt to write a concrete or shape poem. Don't worry about making it rhyme.

7. Memorize a poem this month then you will always have it with you.

8. If you are a blogger, dedicate one blog this month to poetry or include a poem in one of your blog posts. I dare you!

9. Reread a poem that you remember from your childhood. Take a moment to walk down memory lane in your mind.

10. Write a haiku. Remember the syllable count is 5-7-5.
Here is my attempt---

I write a haiku
to honor poetry month
in my heart today!

11. Visit www.Poets.Org for more ideas. If you are a teacher, there are even terrific lesson ideas.

"Poetry causes us to slow down, to take time to pause." 

----Naomi Shihab Nye

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