Happy National Poetry Month!While all writers spend a great deal of time reading and refining their craft, April is the perfect month to redefine one's personal goals as a writer. Not only is the spring weather inspiring with all of its symbolic rebirth, but it also offers the opportunity to get involved in larger communities of writers that meet to celebrate poetry's presence. I am actually considering starting a small writer's group or workshop for young writers (around ages 18-30) in the Haverhill or North Andover area of Massachusetts. If you are local and would be interested, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
My personal goal this month is to receive at least one acceptance letter from the many magazines and journals that I have been submitting my work to over the past few months. A little persistence goes a long way, and I hope to see it pay off! I also am challenging myself to be more diligent with my writing schedule so that I can write for one solid, uninterrupted hour each day. I find that setting a routine is the best way to ensure that one will have the time to fit writing into a busy life, and I am determined to etch a routine in stone over the next few weeks.
If you are looking for some works of linguistic art to get you inspired for National Poetry Month, I recommend you go on a scavenger hunt to find the poems that I have listed below. These are a handful of my personal favorites. Some are available online and others you will have to track down at your local library (which is also wonderful day trip, as the presence of so many gorgeous books is sure to put you in the mood to write).
"Homage to My Hips" by Lucille Clifton
"The Red Poppy" by Louise Gluck
"Ode on a Grecian Urn" by John Keats
"The Nazi Doll" by Yusef Komunyakaa
"Days" by Philip Larkin
"Grotesque" by Amy Lowell
"A Birthday Present" by Sylvia Plath
"In a Station of the Metro" by Ezra Pound
"To the Desert" by Benjamin Alire Saenz
"Her Kind" by Anne Sexton
"Sonnet 116" by William Shakespeare
"The Good Life" by Tracy K. Smith
"Black Telephone" by David Trinidad
"Love After Love" by Derek Walcott
The game is afoot!