Some people will be writing a poem a day for National Poetry Month, and I've known people who read a volume of poems for each day of April--and wrote a blog post about each one.
But what if you need something a bit less intense, a bit more doable? Here are some suggestions:
--Read one volume of poems for each week of poetry month.
--Most volumes of poetry are 75 pages on average. If that's even too much to consider, think about chapbooks, which are usually 12-22 pages. Read a chapbook for each week in April.
--As you do Internet wandering during the month of April, resolve to visit a site that has a poem a day. Here are some suggestions: Poetry Daily, The Writer's Almanac, and Verse Daily.
--Instead of writing a poem a day, write a poem a week.
--Try writing in a poem form that you haven't tried before. This site will give you examples.
--If the thought of writing a poem seems intimidating, just write a line as you notice something. For example, two weeks ago, I wrote this line: Last night I dreamed disasters. If I wrote a line each morning for a week, I might have an interesting poem at the end of a week.
--Buy a book of poems to support your favorite poet. May I suggest my own chapbook? We are drawing close to the end of the ordering period for my chapbook; you have until April 22 to order during this very important time. Go here to order your copy. It will ship in June, and you'll have a lovely summer treat.
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