April is poetry month

In honor of poetry month, I think we should have a poetry contest! All you need to do is send me a poem to my email. I’ll post them all up here and then we’ll all vote on the best one. The winner will get a special prize (think food)! What could be easier?

In order to give you some ideas here’s some websites to check out:

Poets.org – National Poetry Month
Article: April Brings 30 Poets in 30 Days

Some books to check out:

Rochester voices : uncommon writings from common people
edited & introduced by Ross Talarico
LH811 ROC (Local History)

Poems and essays written by participants in writing programs for young people and senior citizens sponsored by the City of Rochester.

Smart like me : high school-age writing from the sixties to now
edited by Dick Lourie and Mark Pawlak ; with Robert Hershon and Ron Schreiber
811 S6362s

Poems originally published in Hanging loose magazine, issues 1-50, 1966-1988.

Writing poetry, and getting published
by Matthew Sweeney and John Hartley Williams
808.1 S974t

A poetry handbook
by Mary Oliver
808.1 O48p

From Goodreads: This slender guide by Mary Oliver deserves a place on the shelves of any budding poet. In clear, accessible prose, Oliver (winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for poetry) arms the reader with an understanding of the technical aspects of poetry writing. Her lessons on sound, line (length, meter, breaks), poetic forms (and lack thereof), tone, imagery, and revision are illustrated by a handful of wonderful poems (too bad Oliver was so modest as to not include her own). What could have been a dry account is infused throughout with Oliver’s passion for her subject, which she describes as “a kind of possible love affair between something like the heart (that courageous but also shy factory of emotion) and the learned skills of the conscious mind.” One comes away from this volume feeling both empowered and daunted. Writing poetry is good, hard work.

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About kitkat

I'm a teen services librarian in Chili (pronounced Chai-Lie) New York with a passion for engaging teens in the love of reading, libraries and having fun!
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