April is just around the corner -- which means we all should be celebrating National Poetry Month! Here are some ways to remember the importance that poetry should play in all of our lives.
1. Buy a poetry book. Heck, buy two or three.
2. Give a poetry book to a friend, especially a friend who says she or he doesn't understand poetry.
3. Write a poetry book review. It doesn't have to be a formal review, although many, many journals would welcome more reviews. Instead, post your thoughts on your blog, Goodreads, or Amazon.
4. Reread some of your old favorites. (For me, that would be The Palace of Ashes by Sherry Fairchok and Incident at the Edge of Bayonet Woods by Paula Bohince. However, I am also planning on revisiting work by poets Jane Springer, Todd Davis, Carrie Fountain and Keith Ekiss)
5. Take part in the Big Poetry Giveway where poets across the blogging world post free copies of poetry books. I have had fun with this for years and have discovered many new poets! Poet Kelli Russell Agodon coordinates this event every year and you can check out the guidelines here. Stay tuned for my Giveaway which I will post sometime at the start of April.
I am a poet and professor from rural Pennsylvania. This page is dedicated to my publishing news and events; for book reviews published online go to the Reviews tab above. For my own personal reviews, explore the Book Picks tab.