on poetry

April 11, 2016

Mark Strand“A poem permits us to live in ourselves as if we were just out of reach of ourselves.”
Mark Strand
(April 11, 1934 – November 29, 2014)
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photo by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Roz Chast

First, a nudge: If you live in Whatcom County, Washington, you have ten days (including today) to submit your poem for the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest. Poems must be received by Tuesday, March 31, 2015. If you plan to mail your poem, allow plenty of time as mail is slower these days; if you plan to drop it off at Mindport, note that Mindport is closed on Monday and Tuesday. Contest guidelines here.

Second, a suggestion: National Poetry Month begins April 1 and the Academy of American Poets wants you to be ready, so they’ve put together a list of 30 Ways to Celebrate. And of course National Poetry Month is also National Poetry Writing Month and one of the best ways to celebrate both is to take the NaPoWriMo pledge to write a poem a day. Learn more and get on board at NaPoWriMo.
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National Poetry Month poster designed by Roz Chast and inspired by Mark Strand