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Igniting National Poetry Month – 2012 Update


The 2012 National Poetry Month poster, designed by Chin-Yee Lai

“A poet’s work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start      arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.”   Salman Rushdie

It’s April. Time to update last year’s Igniting National Poetry Month post (whoohoo, all the links still work!) with a few new resources:

Addition #1 – 30 Poems You Can Write for National Poetry Month – From Thinkfinity, poetry ideas for each day of the month.

Addition #2 – Celebrate Math, Poetry, and Humor in April – Also from Thinkfinity, here’s an opportunity to bring poetry into your math classes.

Addition #3 – Drop Me Off in Harlem – Faces of the Harlem Renaissance – For a starter, listen to Langston Hughes reading his poem “The Negro Speaks of Rivers.”  ArtsEdge’s (Kennedy Center) has assembled an amazing collection of the many voices of the Harlem Renaissance.

Addition #4 – National Poetry MonthRead, Write, Think continues to add to their outstanding collection of poetry lessons and resources.

Addition #5 – #NPM2012 – Let’s Begin Again, AgainNational Writing Project colleague and mentor Bud Hunt (Bud the Teacher) invites teachers to join in his 3rd annual celebration of National poetry month. Each day of the month,  Bud “posts a new picture, and perhaps a sentence or two,” to encourage us to write a poem.

Addition #6 – The Golden Shovel Anthology: Honoring the Continuing Legacy and Influence of Gwendolyn Brooks – Oak Park/River High School teacher Peter Kahn contacted me about this publishing opportunity for students ages 13-18 to submit poetry. The Golden Shovel Poetry Anthology is a poetry anthology that honors former U.S. Poet Laureate, Gwendolyn Brooks, and will include student poems alongside those of professional poets, including Pulitzer Prize winners, National Book Award winners and U.S. Poet Laureates. Students may submit ONE poem by May 31st, 2012, in accordance with the poetry style and submission guidelines to be considered for inclusion.

If you have resources to add, please jump in with a comment!

“It’s good to play with words.  It’s good to read and think about poems.”  Bud Hunt

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