A Mini Guide to Inspire Your Creativity


National Poetry Month poster by Marc Brown

April is National Poetry Month in the United States, and it’s a time to celebrate the beauty and power of language through poetry. The event was introduced by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, and since then, it has become a popular celebration of poetry all over the country. During the month, schools, libraries, bookstores, and individuals organize events and activities promoting poetry’s importance and joy.

There are many ways to celebrate National Poetry Month in 2023. Attend a poetry reading, write your own poetry, memorize a poem, read a collection of poems by your favorite author, or host a poetry slam competition with friends and family. To help you get started, here are five poetry prompts:

  1. Write a nostalgic poem using sensory language about a specific memory or time in your life.
  2. Compose a haiku capturing the essence of spring and nature with vivid imagery.
  3. Use repetition creatively to emphasize a significant phrase or word in your poem.
  4. Imagine and write a poem about a world without technology.
  5. Write a persona poem from the perspective of an inanimate object, considering its history and perception over time.

To get inspired and involved, check out The Academy of American Poets, Poetry Foundation, and National Poetry Month on Twitter. The Academy of American Poets offers many resources, including poems, events, and educational materials. Poetry Foundation is a nonprofit organization that offers a vast collection of poems, articles, and multimedia resources to help connect you with the poetry community. And, following the official National Poetry Month handle on Twitter will keep you current on all the events, news, and exciting ways to get involved with this fantastic celebration!

Let’s celebrate National Poetry Month together and appreciate the beauty and power of language through poetry!

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