National Poetry Month

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.”

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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 freeverse@poets.org. 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.

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