Wednesday, March 26, 2008

National poetry month

April is National Poetry Month, and I've decided to embrace it in two ways.

First, I'm going to do something new to me by participating in NaPoWriMo, a gruelling project which will require me to write a poem every day during April (!!!)

Second, I'm going to read some poetry every day. I want to start out by getting back to the roots of poetry I've always loved. First on my list is Carl Sandburg, with Dorothy Parker a close second, followed by Don Marquis. Then I'm planning to venture out into unknown territory and read some poets unfamiliar to me. Let me know if you have any recommendations.


Motherhood for Dummies said...

way to go! Maybe i will try to read some too. I just don't know very many poets.

helgaruth said...

Good luck with that goal. I like Pablo Neruda - great imagery. He's Portugeuse and I don't know any particularly notable translations but I think that you'd enjoy just about any that you picked up. Your poetry is inspiring. You've definately helped me get in touch with literary roots. Good luck!

Kim said...

Hooray! You know, I've found various National-Write-Something-Or-Other-Month activities really inspiring in the past, however grueling they can sometimes be in the moment. Something about that concrete goal really speaks to the...competitive type-A personality within me, I guess. Heh. I look forward to seeing what you produce!

Oh, and a rec: Thomas Lux, who was a professor at Sarah Lawrence. His poem "For My Daughter When She Can Read" is my hands-down favorite, and I want the last few lines inscribed on my tombstone, should I ever have one.

Holly said...

Good for you, Katie. I haven't actually written a poem in years. I think about them, though. Does that count? I'm with Kim on Thomas Lux, too -- great stuff.

Here's my rec: Brigit Pegeen Kelly. I worked with her in Indiana. Very meditative.

Here's a bunch of her best stuff online:

chicklegirl said...

Ruth, Kim and Holly--thanks for the great recommendations! I'll definitely check them out.

gkgirl said...

i don't have any suggestions
but i think this is a great idea
and i may just join along...