If poetry month is all about us... the ones for whom a line from Dickinson will bring a twinkle to their eyes, who do not cringe at metaphor or run from personification, and actually get an uplifted feeling reading Plath; then what pray tell is the point? Is that not preaching to the choir?
No, Poetry Month is for the unenlightened. Therefore, it is our responsibility to make the most of the 30 days of April to bring poetry to the masses. Look at it like you have some communicable decease you are just dying to share with the world. You must expose everyone!
Ideas for poetry month!
- Insert short poems in note cards and stick them in your child's lunch box/bag before sending them off to school.
- Change your voicemail greeting to a short poem.
- Write a love poem to your spouse on the bathroom mirror with lipstick.... of if you are not that bold, tape it there on a sheet of paper.
- Keep a number of short poems on cards in your pocket and hand them to friends you run into throughout the day.
- Leave a poetry book in some public place to be read.
- Get drunk and call old friends at 3:00 a.m. and read them poems. ( Just kidding, I couldn't resist adding this)
- Insert poems on note cards with your bills before mailing them off.
- In the memo on your check suggest a good poem to read. ( example: Read "If You Forget Me" by Pablo Neruda.
- Add a short poem to your tag line or signature on your e-mail so everyone you communicate with gets that poem all month long.
- Write a poem on your sidewalk with chalk.
- Leave poems on note cards in books you return to the library.
- Read a poem aloud at dinner time.
- Post a favorite poem on the office bulletin board.
- Send a poem on a postcard to someone you owe a letter to. (remember snail mail?)
Once poetry month is over, it is just possible that you may have started a pandemic. Probably not, but at least you tried.