It’s Day 24. Have you written your poem-a-day? Gone to three readings a week (all April-long)? Have you shared your writing with the world this month? If not, no problem because there’s always May…and June…July, even. This week poet Geer Austin offers three online resources to keep fresh those writerly habits honed during National Poetry Month.
Poets on Twitter
The Academy of American Poets launched a series of guest poets this month featured on its Twitter feed. Each day during National Poetry Month, a selected poet posted his or her daily insights before passing the baton. But the thing is: These poetic Twitter feeds post all year! Add these to your roster: @POETorg, @tejucole, @arisaw, @32poems, and @poets to name a few. Poetweet year round.
The New York Review of Books
Hundreds of poems have appeared in the The New York Review of Books. This month, The Review‘s editors dug through the archives to choose 30 poems to feature each day during National Poetry Month. But in case you missed these postings, the selections will remain on the site all year long — in fact, you’re encouraged to bookmark the page and sift through the publication’s online archives of poetry yourself. Who knows what you’ll find after 50 years in The Review?
Listen up at Poets.org’s Listening Booth
Sometimes it pays to put down the pen and put in the earbuds. With over 400 audio clips in Poets.org’s Listening Booth, you just might lose yourself for three hours, clicking through the treasure trove. Searchable by poem title or poet’s name, new poetry is added to the archive each month. This time next year, the archive number just might hit 1,000. To make the experience a little less daunting, I’d suggest starting with the most popular clips at the top of the page.
Don’t forget Poem in Your Pocket Day, this Thursday, April 26. Select a poem you love (or wrote!) during National Poetry Month and carry it with you wherever you go. Share the gift of poetry with co-workers and loved ones — and The Narrator! Tell us a line or two of your favorite poem in the comments.