Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Day One: National Poetry Month

Today is the beginning of National Poetry Month, and if you’d like to see more poetry in your life, here are two great options.

1. First, from Knopf, the publishing company:

Ten years ago we began a Knopf tradition. To celebrate National Poetry Month, we sent a poem a day by e-mail for 30 days to anyone who asked to receive them. Now, with over 35,000 subscribers, we are proud to continue with a whole new series of daily poems. Each day during the month of April you will receive a poem from some of the best poets in the world including Mark Strand, Mary Jo Salter, Julia Hartwig, and Richard Kenney, as well as classics from Frank O'Hara, Rudyard Kipling, Kenneth Koch and more. This year, we'll also be featuring special podcasts, gorgeous printable broadsides, signed books and more.If you know of someone who might like to join the Poem-a-Day party, they may visit randomhouse.com/knopf/poetry/poemaday/ to sign up.


2. And if poetry for 30 days isn’t nearly enough for you, I suggest signing up for Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor, from American Public Media, so you can get a poem (and related historical and literary events of interest) emailed to you every day all year long. Register for this free service here.


DC-area author Leslie Pietrzyk explores the creative process and all things literary.