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National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month and to celebrate we have been sharing some of our favorite poems in Kiva.  Already we have enjoyed poems from Langston Hughes, Carl Sandberg, Emily Dickinson and Shel Silverstein.  We even watched a dramatic interpretation of “Casey At Bat” in honor of baseball season.  Please feel free to send any of your favorite poems with your young person for the good of the whole, and mark your calendar for Thursday, April 24th which is “Poetry In Your Pocket” day – in which all the below is encouraged:

  • Start a “poems for pockets” give-a-way in your school or workplace
  • Urge local businesses to offer discounts for those carrying poems
  • Post pocket-sized verses in public places
  • Handwrite some lines on the back of your business cards
  • Start a street team to pass out poems in your community
  • Distribute bookmarks with your favorite immortal lines
  • Add a poem to your email footer
  • Post a poem on your blog or social networking page
  • Project a poem on a wall, inside or out
  • Text a poem to friends

And to close:

The Red Wheelbarrow

by William Carlos Williams

so much depends
upon

a red wheel
barrow

glazed with rain
water

beside the white
chickens.

 

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