The Poem Farm is Six!
Photo by Amy LV
I started writing here for me, but I kept going because I knew that there was one person, somewhere, who checked in here and there. It meant - and still means - a lot to me. Thank you.
In honor of all who have read and shared so generously here at The Poem Farm over the past six years, I will donate 15 copies of my new EVERY DAY BIRDS (10 hardcover English and 5 softcover bilingual English/Spanish) to Books for Kids. I'll drop those off on Thursday at the East Aurora Public Library.
Photo by Amy LV
In more happy news, the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month is upon us! Started by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, this month-long celebration of all things poem makes spring even more beautiful. You can learn more about ways to celebrate National Poetry Month at poets.org. This logo below comes from the poets.org site, a treasure trove of poetry goodness.
Before we talk about this year's Poetry Month project at The Poem Farm, let's go back in time. Some of you may recall Poem Farm projects from other years. Here's a bit of time travel through the past few Poetry Months at The Poem Farm.
2010 - The Poem Farm Begins! I wrote a poem each day for a month, beginning actually, on March 29, 2010. This blog just to be a one month project, just for me, to get me writing again as I awaited the publication of FOREST HAS A SONG. At the end of April 2010, I was having too much fun to stop, decided to go for one whole year, publishing a poem at The Poem Farm each day. After that, I still hung around!
2011 - For each day of April 2011, I continued to write and share poems. However, I had no theme as the blog was just entering its second year.
2012 - A-Z Dictionary Hike - Here's where the themes began. Each day of April 2012, I opened my children's dictionary to a different letter, starting with A, ending with Z. Eyes closed, I pointed to a word and this word became the title of that day's poem.
2013 - Drawing into Poems - For each day of April 2013, I slowed myself down and looked closely at an object, drawing it with black pen into my notebook. On some days, I wrote poems from these drawings, but on many days, I simply allowed the looking-drawing practice to practice becoming a closer observer.
2014 - Thrift Store - For each day of April 2014, I wrote a poem from a photograph of an item I found in a thrift store. These poems are no longer at The Poem Farm as I am trying to sell them as a collection.
2015 - Sing That Poem - For each day of April 2015, I wrote a poem to the meter of a well-known tune and challenged readers to match the poem to the tune by seeing if it was singable to the same meter.
And now, for this year's project!
Some of you may know that I am smitten with Wonderopolis and have written from W posts many a time. In fact, I wrote this poem for those wondering folks back in 2013.
There are few things better than learning something new. And so this year, for National Poetry Month, I am committed to grow my own brain, writing from these ideas just as I learn, and sharing here day-by-day. Too, I invite anyone who wishes to play along. To do so, simply read daily at Wonderopolis and write a poem from any or each day's Wonder.
I will not be able to share too many poems in this space, but if you wish to leave links in the comments to your own Wonder poems, I will try to link to some as I am able, and I may write to ask your permission to share a poem in this blog space. Wonder Lead Paul Hankins, secondary teacher extraordinaire and blogger at WonderGround and at These 4 Corners will be joining this challenge too, blogging his poems at his new Wonder Ground blog.
I will begin writing my April poems from informational wonders on March 31, reading Thursday's Wonder at Wonderopolis, thinking all day long about the poem, and then posting to begin National Poetry Month here at The Poem Farm, where I will happily host Poetry Friday as well.
What will we learn? I wonder...
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