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!
- 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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