April has FLOWN, a swirl of dandelion seeds dancing away on a warm spring breeze. It’s a wonderful month to celebrate poetry…the world is waking up from winter and beautiful things are springing forth from their long, dark slumber, delighting us every day.
I didn’t get to do as much as I wanted to for poetry month, but there’s no reason why these celebrations have to be contained within the month of April. Here are a few of the things I did. Leave a comment and tell me how you celebrated!
- I enjoyed reading and voting in the final of the March Madness poetry tournament over at Think Kid, Think.
- I added a line to the 2013 Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem on April 9, and had fun watching it grow. April Halprin Wayland is adding the final line today!
- I wallowed in the bounty of poetry posted this month. Some of my favorites were at No Water River and GottaBook. Check them out if you haven’t already!
- My son found a few poems in his lunchbox. I used “I Went to the Farm Where Spaghetti Is Grown” by Greg Pincus (thanks to Cathy Mealey for the recommendation!), and “My Dog Ate My Homework” by Kenn Nesbitt. He enjoyed it, so this is one tradition that I plan to continue. We also wrote some haiku together, which tied in to his class study of Japan — with some help from these haiku tips by Bob Raczka.
For me, the normally bright feel of April was darkened by the events of April 15, as I watched the Boston Marathon with my family at mile 23—a tradition of 35 years. The bombing and subsequent manhunt and lockdown of our towns felt surreal as I watched on TV, as I tried to explain to my 7-year-old what was happening, and as I responded to far-flung friends who wrote to check in. We’re now making our way back to “normal” — far easier for us than for those who were injured and lost family members and friends, and for that I am thankful. But still, I am not sure what normal is anymore. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky responded to this feeling in the Boston Globe the week after the blasts, and shared this poem.
As my final tribute to poetry month, I am hosting my first-ever GIVEAWAY on this blog. Up for grabs is a copy of And the Crowd Goes Wild: A Global Gathering of Sports Poems (which contains my poem ‘Superfan’) signed by me and several others included in the anthology. Just leave a comment to share how you celebrated Poetry Month to earn one point. (Bonus point if you are a follower of this blog!) I’ll tally the points and draw a winner.