It’s that wonderful time of year when the literary spotlight shines on poetry! Happy National Poetry Month (NPM)! Throughout the month of April, I’ll highlight poetry collections. For most of my life I’ve said that I wasn’t a “poetry person”. I hadn’t felt a strong need for or connection with it. As a kid, though, I loved my grandfather’s well-worn copy of Now We Are Six by A.A. Milne and the humorous verse of Shel Silverstein.
Lately, however, events in my life have created an opening for the particular rhythms and voices reflected in poetry. I’m currently reading “When the Chant Comes” by Kay Ulanday Barrett. What about you?
Poem in Your Pocket Day is on Thursday, April 27! Check out Poets.org for tons of good stuff, including “30 Ways to Celebrate“!
Other ways you can spiffy up your life with poetry:
- Write a poem on a slip of paper & make a poet-tree (I put one up last year at work with a bowl of paper birds & leaves, plus twine, for people to write poems on.)
- Sprinkle it into cards you give family, friends, coworkers, etc.
- Get cozy with a volume from your local library or bookstore.
- Seek it out on Tumblr & Twitter.
Short list of LGBTQ2IA poetry resources online:
- Lambda Literary
- BuzzFeed LGBT
- The Advocate
- Huffington Post
- Queer Women of Color (QWOC)
- All Poetry
Publishers & Associations (incomplete, please let me know who to add in the comments below)