Tuesday, March 31, 2015

National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month 2015

As most of us involved in (and out of)  the cyber-world of poetry have already noticed, April is the month of the year in which the spontaneous generation of poetry in all forms is celebrated and encouraged. There are many organizations and sites, blogs and writer's groups which encourage and support writing a poem a day. My own favorite poetry site, the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, will be offering a daily challenge throughout April to help provide inspiration, as will many others. 

I have been blogging here at Verse Escape since October of 2010. Since 2011, I have written 30 poems in April each year, and this will be my fifth year of attempting to do so. I want to emphasize the 'attempting' aspect, as I never know if I will actually be able to do it. I also am adding another goal to the month, and that is to READ a (non-blogged) poem a day, from an actual book, of which I have many, and which too often spend their lives gathering dust. In the event I cannot write a poem for any given day, I will share my daily read here.

During this highly focused period, everyone appreciates and needs support, even though sometimes it's hard to make the usual rounds and leave the usual in-depth comments, so I want to say in advance, I am grateful for just a word to know you have been by, and if you are also doing this project, please let me know, so I can in turn support your efforts, even if not in my usual lengthy and verbose style, to which you have hopefully become accustomed. ;_) For those not involved in the madness, I will still be around to read and comment as usual.

 I look forward to seeing the fireworks that this sort of discipline can produce, and to enjoying the company of those as stressed as myself coming face to face with that blankness Bob Dylan once described when he said: "...if there's an original thought out there, I could use it right now..."

 Happy Poetry Month To All

Photos: copyright joyannjones 2015
 Please feel free to use the 'poetry month' photo if you'd like, any way you'd like.



  1. Lovely! I too am attempting, and appreciate your explanation of same. Let's go!

  2. I will attempt it too. In normal times, I write almost a poem a day, but because lately my Muse has been struggling, I am challenging myself to try it. The NaPoWriMo site itself seems to be a good source, too - their prompt today sparked a poem. Yay!

  3. I am not doing it, so you may feel free to lend no support to my non-efforts! (But I hope you will still visit as per normal, dear Witch.)

    I love your idea of reading a poem a day from a book!

    1. Non-efforts--does that mean you just channel things on to paper out of the ether from some other, more genuine, more bizarre universe??--because that's how it seems sometimes. ;_) OF COURSE I will be reading and visiting as usual.

    2. Hi Joy--beautiful pics and good sentiments; the reading especially. And great tags. I'm starting in a bit of a harried place--an engagement tomorrow night--ha--but am just not going to worry. Take care, k.

  4. well, what the hell.

    see ya tomorrow.


  5. Like you, I will be attempting to write a poem a day this month. I know I can do it, but sometimes I feel like I can't be bothered to do it. April affords a unique opportunity to re-engage with the reason we all write poetry n the first place. I think that reading a poem a day from a book is an excellent way of keeping inspiration alive.

    Good luck! I shall certainly be checking in.


"We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, out of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry." ~William Butler Yeats