April is almost here, and I am sure there are many of you looking for a new way to celebrate National Poetry Month. Why not look to a web 2.0 way for 2009? Over at GottaBook, the blog of poet/parent/screen writer/ volunteer librarian/ author Gregory K. Pincus, something pretty amazing is about to begin. It is the home of “30 Poets / 30 Days”. This is not your ordinary poem-a-day kind of happening. Every day in April, Gregory will be posting an unpublished poem from a different poet.
Poets who have signed on include: Arnold Adoff, Jaime Adoff, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Douglas Florian, Betsy Franco, Kristine O’Connell George, Charles Ghigna, Nikki Giovanni, Joan Bransfield Graham, Nikki Grimes, Mary Ann Hoberman, Lee Bennett Hopkins, X. J. Kennedy, Bruce Lansky, Julie Larios, J. Patrick Lewis, Pat Mora, Kenn Nesbitt, Linda Sue Park, Ann Whitford Paul, Gregory K. Pincus, Jack Prelutsky, Adam Rex, Jon Scieszka, Joyce Sidman, Marilyn Singer, April Halprin Wayland, Janet Wong, and Jane Yolen. Not too shabby!
Gregory is taking his 30 Poets / 30 Days to Twitter as well. He challenges us “to join me in April, tweeting away about #kidlit and #poetry. We can share ideas and resources. We can make some poetic noise. And really, now… doesn’t that sound like fun?”
So why not look at poetry from a different angle? Instead of simply sending your patrons and students to the 811s, head on over to GottaBook to find an original poem!