That’s right: I’m CHALLENGING YOU! As we all know, April is National Poetry Month (international if you want to say. It’s spread pretty far by now.) I like to celebrate it on A Life Among the Pages, and this year is no different. Bringing awareness to poetry and new poetry to readers is always a great goal, even if just one more person gets into poetry. It’ll still be a win. So let’s kick this month off by bringing back a graphic you may remember from last year…
Remember that? Either way, you’ll be seeing a lot more of it this month.
Now that that’s out of the way, here’s what I’m challenging everyone reading this to do: Read a book of poetry. Simple enough right?
I challenge each and every one of you to go out and find a book of poetry that you think you’ll enjoy. Then read it. It could be a single poet collection. It could be a multi-poetry anthology. And if that’s a little too much for you, maybe try easing yourself in with some single poems you find online. As long as there’s an attempt to try to read more poetry, that’s all that really matters.
I know many of my readers read poetry even if it’s occasional. But maybe some of you would like a few suggestions. I’m not sure if I’m good at suggestions, but I’ll try by listing some of my favorite collections that I’ve read and some poets, as well.
- Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman
- Robert Frost, really any of his, here’s the Collected Poems.
- Now You’re the Enemy, by James Allen Hall
- What the Living Do, by Marie Howe
- Sylvia Plath. I love her work. Here’s her Collected Poems.
- Please, by Jericho Brown
- B, by Sarah Kay
A few verse novel suggestions might help those not ready to dive right in.
- Anything by Sonya Sones. My favorite is Stop Pretending.
- Ellen Hopkins. My first was Crank and I’m in the middle of Glass now.
- Psyche in a Dress, by Francesca Lia Block
And here is a list of Indie poets you might have seen on the blog in the past. They’re definitely worth checking out. I’ll link a collection into each name.
- Ben Ditmars (Night Poems)
- Helle Gade (Nocturnal Embers)
- Amber Jerome~Norrgard (11:59 p.m.)
- Erica Christensen (Scattered Sheets)
- Jen Minkman (Undercurrent)
- Natasha Head (Birthing Inadequacy)
I don’t really know where to steer anyone looking for an anthology. I own so many and many have overlapping selections. You can’t really go wrong with one. Read a few poems from them and if it seems like it’ll click with you, that’d probably be a great choice.
ALSO, as a little self-promotion and a help for you (maybe), you may notice the prices on my ebooks have dropped. For the month of April, on Amazon (since 99.9999999999% of my five sales each year come from there)…
AND, because I want to be generous, if anyone would like to read one of these collections/chapbooks but can’t afford to buy one…let me know. If you’re serious about reading it (and hopefully leaving an honest review when you’re done), send me a message and I’ll hook you up. I can give out Smashwords coupons for you to grab it for free. You can get it in any format through them. I’m here to spread poetry and that’s what I’ll do my best to do!
Have I tired your eyes out yet with all this reading? One most big of housekeeping to do and then you can run off.
STORY TIME FRIDAY and PROSE VERSE BABEL…let’s get them going this month! A lot of poetry has been featured on STF so far, but we’ll keep that going if we can this month. PVB hasn’t been alive in a LONG time. Let’s fix that.
So I’m asking for you all to help by contributing. Find out more on how to submit work to each here:
Ok folks. That’s all for now. Help spread the poetic word and come back often to the blog for most poetry fun all month!