APRIL is NATIONAL POETRY MONTH
Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.
The goals of National Poetry Month (from the Academy of American Poets)
Highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets
Introduce more Americans to the pleasures of reading poetry
Bring poets and poetry to the public in immediate and innovative ways
Make poetry a more important part of the school curriculum
Increase the attention paid to poetry by national and local media
Encourage increased publication, distribution, and sales of poetry books
Increase public and private philanthropic support for poets and poetry.
Some ideas on how you might celebrate National Poetry Month
* Try writing an original poem
-Memorize a poem
-Attend a poetry reading
-Organize a poetry reading
* Read poetry to your children or grandchildren
* Recite some poetry to family and friends
* Read a biography of a famous poet..see what made them tick
*Send a poem to a friend or loved one
*Support/Promote the work of a local poet
*Buy a wonderful book of poetry (preferably one of mine ) (smile)
LET ME INTRODUCE MYSELF...
and my little books of southern poems
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