I don't know why The Academy of American Poets doesn't add this tenet to the whole constitution of National Poetry Month.
Poets, do you live your day-to-day lives as a poet? Do you tell people it's National Poetry Month? What kind of responses do you get? ("Uhmmm ... No, I didn't" -- I'm sure you get a lot of that.) But after the initial bewilderment, what happens next? Do you explain what happens during the month? Do you start conversations by your water cooler or at the checkout line? Do you inspire dialogue about the meaning of the month? If people ask you, "why April?" do you have the right answer?
My small contribution to the national dialogue about National Poetry Month starts with hanging a new poem outside of my office door weekly. Someone always drops in to offer an opinion. Then the conversation leads to "I once wrote a poem." Or, "my favorite poem growing up was...." Most poets I know cringe when they hear such sophomoric conversations around the high art. But I love it. My job as a poet is to bridge the disconnect between old ideas about poetry and what's going on now. I love it when people share their favorite poems, because they are sharing a part of themselves.
So, how do you celebrate National Poetry Month? Do you write a poem a day? Do you read poetry or attend readings. Do you participate in open mics and slams? How's that working for you? Tell me about it.
Poets, get your coworkers to take you to lunch. We are a special breed and need to be celebrated and revered.