(Inter)National Poetry Month

I’m quite dizzy with anticipation! In the U.S., National Poetry Month is almost here, which is such a cool thing. I mean, a whole month devoted to poetry. As far as I know, there’s no National Fiction Month or National Short Story Month. Maybe there should be. Maybe we should get rid of a few other National fill-in-the-blank Months, such as:

National Caffeine Awareness Month
National Craft Month
National Frozen Food Month
National Nutrition Month
National Umbrella Month
Save Your Vision Month

Did you miss those? They were all in March. Only a few hours left to get out your umbrellas and glasses and drink an insane amount of coffee to show your national pride!

But I digress …

I was so taken with Delia’s post that I just wanted to mention the importance of community efforts in poetry. Whether you go down to your local elementary school or local library to volunteer your creative writing skills, or host a writing workshop in your home—whatever you do, April is brimming with people itching to connect with others. In the U.S., spring is beginning. We are all ready to come together and discuss the things you can't find in the news (yes, that's a William Carlos Williams reference). And in my heart of hearts, I believe that poetry is one of the ties that bind us together. It records our history through emotion and words. Poetry is the oldest of traditions, and I can’t think of anything better to celebrate. (Well, Opening Day in baseball is pretty cool, too!)

Happy (Inter)National Poetry Month, everyone!


colleen said…
Isn't it funny how you're from Virginia but live near Boston and I'm from Boston but live in Virginia. Are we all just playing a game of musical chairs?
January said…
Absolutely! Truth be told, I wish I was in Virginia when it's 70 degrees. But the Red Sox make the summer months realy exciting!
Any idea when (Inter)National Margarita month is ?!!! In the meantime ~ Happy Poetry Month(almost)!
iamnasra said…
You said so well...and Im not is USA , we do need poety month
How about National Free Pay Month? Lame joke. :)

I'm going to stick with a couple poem a week, but I'll be by every day to read.


January said…
I think bad National Free Pay Month and National Margarita should also happen in April--that would make my year complete!

Good luck with your writing--I'll come by and check in.
Bug said…
I totally agree that writing is a tie that binds, and an important one. Thanks for spreading the impulse to create community around writing.

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