April is National Poetry Month! The 2009 Poetry Month poster is designed by Paul Sahre and features the lines “Do I dare / Disturb the universe?” from T. S. Eliot’s poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.”
Inspired by this poster, The Academy of American Poety at Poetry.Org has started the Free Verse Project, in their words:
Capture and share your own ephemeral bits of verse. Write lines from a favorite poem on a sandy beach, assemble twigs on a hillside, or chalk the sidewalk. Take a photo before it disappears and post it in the Free Verse group page on Flickr, or on the Academy’s Fan Page on Facebook, or email your photo to email@example.com. Include the source of your lines in the photo caption.
There are prizes!! All photos posted by April 15 will be automatically entered in a contest to win the new Poem in Your Pocket anthology and a commemorative piece of jewelry by San Francisco designer Jeanine Payer, who specializes in hand-engraving lines of poetry on earrings, necklaces, and other items. Selected entries will be featured on Poets.org.