April, as a growing number of Americans know, is National Poetry Month, a month spearheaded since 1996 by the American Academy of Poets. For some, it’s a time to spin forth new poetic gems; for others it’s a bore; and for others it’s a time to spread the poetic urge in wondrous ways. Consider the Poem-a-Day initiative, the Poem in your pocket day (that’s April 26), or Poemflow for iPhones. or the proposed poetry read-a-thon. These and an immense number of inventive ideas are available – mostly in prose, on the American Academy of Poets website.
Participate in—or initiate — programs in bookstores, schools, eateries, libraries, the workplace, orjust about anyplace the spirit moves you, obviously including social media.
One local effort that caught my attention is the Teen Poetry Slam scheduled for Thursday, April 26 (remember that’s Poem in your pocket day), 6:00 p.m. at the Sumner Library, 611 Van White Memorial Boulevard.
The program includes a competition during which teens will recite their own original poetry. Prizes for the top three performers. Competition limited to ten performances. Registration, which is required, begins March 29. Contact Sumner Library at 612 543 6875.
Sponsored by Friends of the Sumner Library.
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