"Outside a dog a book is man's best friend, inside a dog it is too dark to read!" -Groucho Marx========="The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid." -Jane Austen========="I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book."-JK Rowling========"I spend a lot of time reading." -Bill Gates=========“Ahhh. Bed, book, kitten, sandwich. All one needed in life, really.” -Jacqueline Kelly=========

Sunday, April 5, 2015

April is National Poetry Month

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

Suggestions:
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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