Hey, everyone! I need your help. A while ago I got the idea to read one poem per day as part of National Poetry Month in April because… well, because I’m just an insufferable English major, I guess. It’s still several months away but I know that both my life and your own are incredibly busy, so I thought I’d introduce this project now, rather than later, so that I’m not scrambling to put the finishing touches on my reading list at the very last minute.
I’d like your suggestions of what to read, please.
Here are some guidelines to make this whole thing easier for both of us, because there are certain things I’m looking for and I’d hate for you to waste your time providing suggestions that aren’t helpful:
Long, short, and in between = ALL GOOD. I would like to read at least one ridiculously long (book-length?!) poem and one ridiculously short poem for National Poetry Month. Just because.
I want diversity. Of age, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, country of origin, and more! It’s fine to recommend poetry by rich old white guys who have been dead for hundreds of years… just don’t suggest too much of it, ha ha. I want a variety of perspectives on the world!
All subjects, styles, formats, genres, et cetera are welcome. Again, diversity is key here. Blank verse, sonnets, concrete poetry, anything and everything! Poetry written for kids and poetry written for adults. Any topic! (I’d appreciate it if you included trigger warnings if/when necessary, but I don’t really foresee that being a problem.)
Recommend as many poems as you’d like! Whether that’s one, two, or fifty. I know I won’t be able to read all of them because I simply won’t have enough time, but I’ll get around to as many as I am able. I will stick to reading just one per day, though, so you may want to keep that in mind if you’re thinking about reccing a linked series of poems or even an entire book of poems. (A book-length poem is a different thing entirely, though. See above comment regarding long and short poems.) If I do tackle something bigger like that, it’ll be on a weekend and I’ll still choose one poem as my focus because THAT’S JUST HOW I ROLL.
No self-promos. If I get a lot of these, I’d have to play favorites when choosing what to read in April… and I don’t want to do that. Plus, what if I don’t like your poem? I’m not trying to be rude here, just realistic: If you suggest something by someone else and I end up being not a huge fan of it, then it’s no big deal because that happens all the time with the books I read. But if it’s your own poem, it’s suddenly a lot more personal. And potentially awkward. I want to avoid that! Thanks for understanding.
I’m looking for poems I haven’t read yet, but don’t feel bad if you recommend something I’m already familiar with. It’s not your fault you didn’t know! Hey, this is just an incentive to recommend lots and lots, right? There are some pretty famous poets/poems I’ve never read, so feel free to make even the most obvious of suggestions.
I have a special series of blog posts scheduled throughout the entire month of February, so I’ll post an update sometime in late March with my complete reading list. I don’t expect to find thirty days’ worth of poetry suggestions from this post alone, although it would be wonderful if that did happen. I do have a few ideas to fill in the gaps
including poetry I faked my way through in high school but I wanted to offer you the chance to give some input on this project of mine.
Thank you all so much!
Will you be celebrating National Poetry Month this April?
P.S. Stay tuned for updates on tiny fun tasks such as Poem in Your Pocket Day, what social media I will use to share my thoughts on what I read, and more!