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I love poetry, and this year I’ve started writing it again. Perhaps you’ll see some of it on this very blog one day. While I tinker around reacquainting myself with verse and rhyme, here are some poetry resources, because this month isn’t over yet!
Of course you can read some actual books,
like IRL. Here are the ones I’m working on.
- Sign up to get a poem a day in your email inbox at Poets.org
- Download The Poetry Foundation’s cool app for your phone or iPad.
- Check Twitter hashtags like #poemaday, #poetry, and #haiku
- Search “poetry” on Tumblr and Pinterest
- Check out Google’s always entertaining poetry search engine, Google Poetics
To find poetry readings, see if there is a local or regional poetry organization where you live. Check out your local college English department, and of course, your local brick-and-mortar bookstores.
If you want to try something more casual, check out a poetry slam. These events often take place in bars. These are a friendly competition where poets read or recite their own original works and are judged by the audience. Energetic and emotional, these are often poems of protest, but anything goes. The form has its detractors (mostly among poets, natch), but I find them vital and fun and think it’s definitely a form worth checking out. Find a listing of poetry slam events here.
If you’re feeling flush, check out the gorgeous Elegy for a Dead World game, available for both PC and Mac. I haven’t tried it yet, so here’s a review.