Thursday, April 1, 2010

National Poetry Month

It’s here—April is National Poetry Month, and there are events going on all over the place. Sherry at Semicolon is starting her Classic Poetry Survey on Monday, April 5th. Today’s post explains how it has changed a little from the initial concept, and how things will play out starting Monday. Join her for some classics!

You can find more events and resources at the Academy of American Poets website.  Thursday, April 29th is Poem in Your Pocket Day.  Carry a favorite poem in your pocket and share it with family, friends, etc. I like that idea—simple, personal, a good project for kids that you can elaborate on (or not) if you want to.

As for me, I’m planning to keep my posts poetry-related, especially where music and poetry meet. We’ll probably join in for Poem in Your Pocket Day, and maybe some other things, too.

For now, I’ve got a question for you: What poem or poems do you remember from your childhood? What made them memorable? I can’t think about swings without hearing my grandmother recite “The Swing”, by Robert Louis Stevenson and being transported to the porch swing behind my grandparents’ house, looking out on fields and the skyline of Lincoln, Nebraska. She’s still swinging and reciting at 97, by the way.
A Child's Garden of Verses


  1. Hi Karen, I love your posts. :) I will chime in on your poetry post because Abby sleeps with her "Where the Sidewalk Ends" book. We LOVE everything in there and just laugh all the time. She memorizes them and has really begun to enjoy the art of poetry and it is fun to watch. Miss you and hope you guys are doing well! Will asks for a turtle "like Ben's" everyday!! - Brooke

  2. How funny! We memorized 'The Swing' when I was in first grade, and I still recite it to my children while pushing them! :)


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