Today is April 1st, and that means National Poetry Month has officially begun. I have decided to celebrate NPM by participating in NaPoWriMo, by writing a poem a day for the next 30 days. I will begin my writing this evening and post it here tomorrow. So, my final NaPoWriMo post will be featured here on May 1st.
Maybe you are wondering how National Poetry Month came into existence. Poets.org does a great job of summarizing the history of and ways to celebrate NPM. According to Poets.org, NPM has been celebrated each April since 1996 as an initiative of The Academy of American Poets. The following excerpt comes from Poets.org’s FAQ section about NPM –
The goals of National Poetry Month are to:
- Highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets
- Introduce more Americans to the pleasures of reading poetry
- Bring poets and poetry to the public in immediate and innovative ways
- Make poetry a more important part of the school curriculum
- Increase the attention paid to poetry by national and local media
- Encourage increased publication, distribution, and sales of poetry books
- Increase public and private philanthropic support for poets and poetry
If you would also like to participate in NaPoWriMo, a good web source to consider is http://www.napowrimo.net/. There, if you have a website where you will post your daily work for the challenge, you can add your website to their blogroll.