It’s April 1st today; a day with 2 traditions:
In honour of both traditions, I, a non-American poet living in Australia, will be celebrating and hosting a National Poetry Month at http://bgbowers.com.
Apart from the fact that I consider myself an American-in-Waiting ;-) I am deeply passionate about this oft-misunderstood-and-under-appreciated-beauty called Poetry.
How will bgbowers’ Poetry Month differ from other’s?
Mine has a theme: Poetry Belongs to Everyone
A theme that was born thanks to the vision of my friend Gigi AKA Hit and Run …
It is my hope that poetry will eventually throw off the heavy cloak of misconception and find its rightful place on bookshelves everywhere. The idea that poetry is difficult, if not impossible, to understand and written only for those, “academic types,” must come to an end. Poetry needs to be seen for what it is…a way to communicate quickly and with passion. ~ Gigi
Like Gigi, I want to advance the idea that poetry is not the property of academics, but rather belongs to everyone. It’s common knowledge and widely accepted that when it comes to reading novels and stories, different people appreciate reading different genres, authors, writing styles, and levels of difficulty.
Why then, should poetry be any different?
Moreover, that misconception that Gigi talks about is exactly what kept my poems hidden for so long, and I know that it keeps many other poets hidden too. Like Gigi, I too desire to change that misconception – so much!
What to expect?
For the month of April, I’m organising a number of guest bloggers (some of those being the hidden poets that I refer to) to share original poetry and poetry-themed articles and essays. I will also liaise with MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie to organise a variety of Poetry Prompts, beginning next week (details to follow later)…
You can help!
To ensure that each post receives enough ‘face-time’, I will be posting every 2 days. Each and every post will be repeatedly shared, by me, via Social Media throughout the month, and, I ask you the readers to do the same. If a particular post resonates, then please do share the love on your social media networks and with friends.
Additionally, if you would like to make a personal contribution as a guest blogger, I welcome you to contact me.
Why not set yourself a poetry challenge for April? Poetry.org has 30 ideas for you to consider.
Me, I often hold back poems due to my obsessive-compulsive-perfectionist-trait, so I’m exiting my comfort zone and setting a 30 day challenge. More on that later :-)
This Week’s Schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, April 2 – Original poetry and insight from Gigi
Friday, April 4 – “140 Characters: Poetry and Form” by David Henson
Sunday, April 6 – Original Poetry from DA Botta