Tuesday, April 2, 2013
I used to always be a bit sour on National Poetry Month. "Here," we tell Poetry. "Have a month. We'll do a special issue, we'll interview a laureate, we'll publish a poem on our website, and then we can relax and and ignore You as soon as April is over."
But I've mellowed somewhat. The national media, and indeed our nation and our culture, do not pay much attention to poetry and do not value it as an art form or as a commodity. Why should I sneer at poetry getting it's few scraps of attention? I won't be attempting a poem a day for 30 days, like some people I know. (Worthy an endeavor as that is.) But here is a place with prompts for those of you considering such a move:
And here is such a cool National Poetry Month project: I wish I were involved in this: http://www.pulitzerremix.com/about/
What i will be doing is working hard on a manuscript of letter poems, trying to finish as much of it as I can. I think I'll throw in the goal of submitting 12 batchs of work to 12 differenct journals or websites, while I'm at it.
It's also National Sexually Transmitted Disease Awareness Month. Just so you know.