Monday, March 31, 2008

April is National Poetry Month -- How will you celebrate?

It's not too late to plan for National Poetry Month. It starts tomorrow. Maybe you could blog a new Haiku every day, or better yet, a Limerick.

The Greenville County Library System has a number of programs scheduled, and they all start with a little bit of poetry and some sidewalk chalk.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008 the Greenville County Library System staff will kick off National Poetry Month by inscribing their favorite verse on the library sidewalks. This “Poetry Fools Event” will begin at 10:00a at all library branches.

National Poetry Month was established by the Academy of American Poets as a month-long, national celebration of poetry. The concept was to increase the attention paid-by individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our poetic heritage, and to poetry books and magazines. In the end, the Academy hopes to achieve an increase in the visibility, presence, and accessibility of poetry in American culture. National Poetry Month has been successful beyond all anticipation and has grown over the years into the largest literary celebration in the world.

My taste in poetry is pretty pedestrian. How many techno geek poets are there? I've written a bit of poetry myself. I've even read bits to my family and friends. It is not without some shouting down by my inner critic however, as I obsessively plague myself with the following quote from Heinlein's Lazarus Long:

A poet who reads his verse in public may have other nasty habits.

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