National Poetry Month
I forgot that April is national poetry month. When I worked as a children’s librarian in public libraries, we tied our book displays and programming to the event.
Because I am not a poet, I write poetry when I want to have fun with words. Maybe poets do the same thing with prose when they need a break from their serious writing.
I also like to write poetry because the only person I am trying to please is myself. As I work on my novel, I have to keep in mind all the rules of good writing, the expectations of the audience I am writing for, and the requirement of agents and editors. I am free with poetry. If I share a poem, I hope others will like, but if they don’t, that’s fine.
Even though I write poetry just for fun, I learn techniques I can apply to my prose writing when I read it. My background as a children’s librarian has led me to read children’s poetry more than any other kind. But I think a skilled poet can appeal to kids and adults in different ways with the same poem. I’ll talk about what I have learned from reading poetry next time.