April 2016

Hour 6 – Holla at my Poetry Lovers

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Two of my favorite word-nerd events happen in April: Readathon (duh) and National Poetry Month. Adding poetry to your readathon stack makes it so much richer. Here are a few tips to integrate poetry into your readathon stack.

  • Find a poetry playlist on YouTube. I’m especially fond of Button Poetry, which features some of the most cutting-edge and amazing spoken word and slam poetry performances. The great thing about a YouTube playlist is that you can have it on in the background while you prep snacks, take a walk, or simply want to rest your eyes.

  • Grab a poetry collection that catches your eye from your stacks or the library. When you want to take a book reading or social media break, read one poem. Then stand up and read the poem aloud. This only takes 3 to 5 minutes, but you’ll notice such a difference between reading a poem with only your eyes and reading it aloud. This is a great “palate” cleanser between books! poetrymuchdeep
  • There are gobs and gobs of amazing online literary journals filled to bursting with poetry and other writing. This BuzzFeed list is a great starting point for online and print journals. Take a few seconds and read a poem or two and see if you find a new to you favorite literary journal.


Let me know in the comments if you’re reading poetry today and I’ll give you a (virtual) poetry-lover high-five!


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22 thoughts on “Hour 6 – Holla at my Poetry Lovers”

  1. I am not intentionally reading poetry but there keeps being poetry in my reading. Like, my current book, Reweaving the World: The Emergence of Ecofeminism, has (if I’m counting right) ten poems in the eleven essays I’ve read so far.

  2. Unfortunately not reading poetry today but you’re right. I always read poetry aloud and it is such a pleasant experience. I was in the middle of a rather wonderful collection when the readathon started so I’ve put it down for today. Thanks for the list, the online ones will be interesting.

  3. Not reading any serious poetry, but I am reading I Could Pee on This and Other Poems by Cats at some point when I need a bit of humor. I don’t currently have any poetry books that I haven’t read, so this’ll have to do. 😉

  4. Sorry not currently reading any Poetry but since I am pretty much picking at random what I plan to read there is a chance that some could be read later on….Or well listened too since I am doing all of this via audiobook.

  5. I have Booked by Kwame Alexander on my TBR pile for today. I had to talk one of my fifth grade students out of it yesterday with the explicit promise that I would bring it back to her on Monday.

  6. Three word-nerd events, as Camp NaNoWriMo is in April, too! I’ll be hitting some poetry later on – Ariel, by Sylvia Plath. I won that one through the last read-a-thon!

  7. Yasssss! I adore spoken word! I’m a slam poet myself and find it to be the best form of expression! My favourite poets are Sarah Kay, Blythe Baird, and Sierra DeMulder! They have such a beautiful way with words! I love button poetry too! So great!

  8. Also I have ‘Clueless Dogs’ by Rhian Edwards on my TBR pile for the readathon! Collection of poetry published by Seren Publishing (welsh publication that I’m an intern for)

  9. I just posted this in the mini-challenge, but my favorite quote & favorite poet: “A Word is dead When it is said, Some say. I say it just Begins to live That day.” Emily Dickinson

  10. I’m not reading poetry today but I just wanted to say that anyone looking for spoken word poetry should DEFINITELY check out Shane Koyczan! He is fantastic. Button poetry is also super groovy too.

  11. Doing poetry as a palate cleanser after finishing my first book- John Donne. Who I’ve been working through for a bit. I may not always ‘get’ what he’s saying, but even then, the language is worth it.

  12. I actually have a poetry book in my stack today! George Washington is Cash Money: A No BS Guide to the United Myths of America – and it’s essentially US history written in Ovid- like poems and arranged like the Metamorphoses are. It’s hilarious!

  13. I have NATIVE GUARD by Trethewey, SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY sel. by Caroline Kennedy on tap. I love poetry!

  14. I love Button Poetry! I wasn’t planning on reading poetry, but I am now thanks to this! I have a collection of various poets such as William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Oscar Wilde, and Edgar Allan Poe. Excited.

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