Sunday, April 8, 2012

BW15: National Poetry Month

I was never a real big fan of poetry growing up. However, I've learned to appreciate it as grown older and have even tried my hand at writing a few haiku and written poems as clues for characters in my stories. Actually had a lot of fun coming up with a sinister poem,  which if my female lead can figure it out, will lead to a kidnapped woman. *grin*

There are so many different forms poetry can take from acrostic to ballads to dirge to sonnets to name a few.  The Academy of American Poets at have come up with some fun ways to celebrate poetry this month including 30 poets, 30 Days in which one poet a day will post an array of words and images on Tumblr before passing it on to the next person.  Be sure to check it out. You may get lost for a while like I did once I came across it.   They have also declared April 26th to be Poem in your Pocket day in which you select a favorite poem or write one yourself and share it with everyone online and off. 

Celebrations around the blogosphere include Serena of Savvy Verse and Wit who is hosting a poetry blog tour with various bloggers talking about poetry. Gerald Poetic Justice Press is hosting the 5-2 Crime Poetry Weekly with crime writers talking about and sharing poems.  

I also discovered Bill Moyer's Fooling with Words  where he explores the world of American poetry and has clips from the 1998 Dodge poetry festival.  Be sure to check it out. 

Want to inspire the young poets in your life.  Check out

A Road Less Traveled 


Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

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  1. Poetry has never been my favorite either, but I do like that poem by Frost.

  2. Done with book #19 - "Night" by Elie Weisel. Nobel peace winner - talks about his experience of being interred at Auschwitz along with his father. So much sadness and horror packed into such a small, little book. Hauntingly unforgettable.

  3. Just finished Cream Puff Murder by Joanne Fluke

  4. reviewed a poetry book earlier this year....finished a short story collection Pieces of a Rainbow but the review doesn't go live until Thursday

  5. "regular rumination" is hosting a challenge called "read more/blog more" poetry. On the last tuesday of each month participants post about poetry they have read during the month. Here is the link.

  6. FINALLY finished Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. If the last two books I've read don't leave me woefully behind in this book challenge, nothing will. :( On to #12!

  7. I missed getting my link up for week 15: I read The Fire Engine that Disappeared


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