April is National Poetry Month – Celebrate the ART of POETRY! Throughout the month of April, poets and poetry enthusiasts alike celebrate the form of literature that we love so much, in order to raise awareness all around the country. National Poetry Month was established in 1996 by the American Academy of Poets, and was inspired by the success that Black History Month and Women’s History Month were met with.
Poetry is a form of literature that can be very hard to define. It can be intellectual, emotional, spiritual or rational. We all experience poetry in different ways, but there is one thing that remains the same no matter who we are: Poetry that we truly enjoy – that we really connect to – is something that makes us FEEL. It can inspire us, make us smile when we’re sad, and provoke thought on topics that we had never even considered before. It can change mindsets. It can alter lives. It can save lives.
Unfortunately, too many people are unaware of the enjoyment poetry can bring into their life. As such, we dedicate the month of April for National Poetry Month all across America as a time for poetry readings, festivals, and just the all-around appreciation of what is truly a wonderful art form. It is my hope that by the end of April, people will not simply be looking forward to next year, but they will have discovered a new love for poetry to match my own. And will appreciate poetry every day, and every month of the year.
I, personally, have loved poetry since I was very young. It always caught and held my attention more than regular prose; there seemed to be a freedom to it that the average book didn’t possess. It wasn’t long before I was writing my own poetry (which was admittedly terrible at first…and still needs study. I am not a poet, by the way.), and seeking friends who shared my own interest. Some of my best experiences in NYC, with my friends, are spending the evening at a poetry café or club, watching a great stage performance by a veteran or an up-and-coming artist or just hitting up an Open Mic to see what’s fresh, what’s new, and what’s happening in the Spoken Word Poetry community.
I am positive that poetry will be something that is a part of my life forever. It is something that I create, sometimes share, and SEE in the world all around me. And I love the Poetry of life!
Happy National Poetry Month, Poets and Writers!
If you are a Poet and aren’t participating in the writing of poems this year, you can still participate in the celebration. After all, #NaPoMo IS to celebrate YOU. But if you decide not to write, how about counseling, encouraging, inspiring, mentoring or spotlighting someone who is. I’ve already spotted poets spotlighting poets by posting the works of their peers throughout social media. I think it’s awesome! It exhibits community support. Great job, poets! #30DaysofSupportingYourPoetryPeers
If you are a novice writer or a Spoken Word Poetry fan, get creative, write something, share it at an Open Mic and be amongst the millions of people who have fallen in love with poetry. 30/30 – that’s 30 poems in 30 days – awaits you. It’s not too late to get started. Challenge yourself. If it’s only 1 or up to 10 poems, take the challenge!
National Poem In Your Pocket Day is celebrated on the last Thursday in April. This year, it falls on April 28, 2016.
Are you in the NYC area or visiting, with a Poem in Your Pocket and need an OPEN MIC HOTSPOT to share your poetry? Or, if you would just like to admire the work of others, THE FOLLOWING PAGES are a few WEEKLY/MONTHLY Open Mics and Feature Showcases that you can hit up for your Spoken Word/Poetry-fix in April or any month. Some of the HOTTEST Poets, from all around, are at these Open Mics and Featured shows. Don’t be afraid to approach them. Connect, follow via Social Media, and become a fan. Pick up a book or two while you’re at the show.
April is National Poetry Month – Celebrate the ART of POETRY! Read. Write. Get out & Recite. Enjoy POETRY!