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Easy Ways Anyone Can Celebrate National Poetry Month

an open book of poems with a stem of babys breath and a leaf on it in front of a sunset shining through a grove of trees

April is National Poetry Month — the largest literary celebration in the world! Established first in 1996 by The Academy of American Poets to encourage interest in poets and poetry, it’s actually something you can join in on, too! Today the blog for Azure Villas is here to help! Try one or several of the ideas we’ve rounded up to celebrate the 23rd anniversary of National Poetry Month.

Read

If you’re not very familiar with poetry, now is the perfect time to dip your toes in the water. Buy or borrow a poetry anthology and read a poem each morning. You can also buy a book of poetry from your local bookstore. Ask a clerk for suggestions based on your interests!

If you want to make a social event of your reading, reserve a room at your local library, head to your favorite coffee shop, or open up room in your apartment to host a poetry reading. Encourage your guests to bring a poem they’ve created or something that has inspired them.

Watch

One of the quickest ways to immerse yourself in another world is via the big screen! Watch Rachel Eliza Griffiths’ P.O.P (Poets on Poetry) videos or put on a movie about poetry or a poet’s life. We suggest Dead Poets Society, in which Robin Williams plays an English teacher who instructs the boys in his charge that “Sucking the marrow out of life doesn't mean choking on the bone.” Watch something heartfelt to get in the poetry zone and to try to understand this art form this month.

Celebrate

There are plenty of ways to celebrate the works of art of people in your community and around the world. Share your poetry findings with your friends and loved ones online. Ask the United States Post Office to issue more stamps celebrating poets to keep their spirits alive.

Create

Poetry is just one form of art. If you’re not much of a poet, find a way to get inspired by your favorite poet that will propel you into commemorating it with your own talents! Paint, embroider, draw, sculpt, or photograph something honoring a treasured line or poet.

We’ll practice what we’re preaching, too. Read “The Red Wheelbarrow,” a poem by American modernist poet William Carlos Williams, below. The poem is considered a prime example of early twentieth-century Imagism.

The Red Wheelbarrow

so much depends
upon

a red wheel
barrow

glazed with rain
water

beside the white
chickens.

 

What is your favorite poem? Share it with us in the comments!