It’s the first day of April 2010! Which means it’s the first day of National Poetry Month here in the United States and Canada.
National Poetry Month was started by The Academy of American Poets in 1996 and has been gaining popularity ever since. Each year poets around the country, and world in this connected age, find new ways to celebrate poetry and increase it’s visibility.
One of my favorite celebrations is the challenging and humbling National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) started in 2003 by poet and blogger Maureen Thorson. I’ve participated in the past and some of my favorite writings have come from the experience. Some days the words flow easily from the pen and other days you must carve them out of your soul with a chisel and a sledgehammer, but the experience is a beautiful one. You emerge from the process like an ancient warrior emerging from the wilderness after a thirty-day rite of passage.
Check out Maureen’s NaPoWriMo site if you would like to join in and have your poem site listed for NaPoWriMo 2010 if you so choose. In fact, you don’t have to post online at all. You can simply join the challenge by making a vow to yourself to write one poem a day for the month. No pressure!
If you simply want to enjoy the poetry, I recommend doing a search for NaPoWriMo or #NaPoWriMo on Twitter whenever you get a spare moment. Many poets are already tweeting out links to their writings using the #NaPoWriMo hashtag. I often look for new poetry to read by searching for the #poetry hashtag.
Are you participating in NaPoWriMo this year? Post a link in the comments and I’ll be sure to check out your poems and may even link to the ones I really like that I come across!