April: National Poetry Month

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? April isn’t just a month for appreciating poetry; it’s also about writing poetry.

I know, you have work.

School. Totally understandable.

A life? Yeah, we all have that too.

But this is April; this month was made for poetry, so put your excuses aside and write. Write anything. It doesn’t have to be perfect – it just has to come from you.

If you’re really up for a challenge, join other participants in “NaPoWriMo,” short for National Poetry Writing Month, which is an annual project in which poets attempt to write a poem each day of the month of April.

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Reading poetry is probably the easy part of the equation, so at the very least, try and read a poem a day. Did you know that just reading a poem a day can vastly improve your writing? It can. Not only does reading poetry lead to a greater vocabulary, but, as a reader, you get to see what techniques the author used and, as a writer, play with what you’ve learned and incorporate that into your own writing.

So, this April, challenge yourself to at least read one poem a day, and if you’re brave, take up the challenge of writing at least one poem a day. You might find this habit continues past April and infiltrates your life. Don’t worry, it’s a good thing.

-Amanda Riggle and David Pulido

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Amanda Riggle

Managing Editor at The Poetics Project
Amanda is the Managing Editor at The Poetics Project and of The Socialist, the national magazine of The Socialist Party USA, as well as the Lead Editor of Pomona Valley Review's upcoming 11th issue. She graduated with a BA in English Education and a minor in Political Science. She is currently enrolled in an English MA program with an emphasis in Literature. During her free time, Amanda enjoys writing poetry, reading, traveling, crocheting, watching entire seasons of campy shows on Netflix, and, of course, writing blogs.

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