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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

NPM14 x 10 aka Let's have a poetry orgy & invite the world!

a bunch of stuff going on for NPM14.

1. AngelHousePress presents NationalPoetryMonth.ca. We are happy to be celebrating five  years of bringing you a variety of poetic styles from across the globe.Visit daily.

2. Oulipost, brought to you by the Found Poetry Review: 78 poets, including me, will be responding to Oulipian constraints every day using source text from the daily news. You can find my daily chicanery here.

3. Chaudiere Books is posting poems daily on its blog. I have the honour of being the April fool with my poem, The Passionate Shift-Key to Its Lullaby, in which i use the Oulipian technique of N+7, replacing each noun with the seventh noun following it from the dictionary. I'm looking forward to seeing what CB has in store.

4. Ottawa has readings & poetry workshops all over town, including my reading with Dean Steadman, as part of the A B Series on Thursday, April 3. Visit Bywords.ca. Click on events. Click on the news. Keep on clicking on...

5. The League of Canadian Poets will be covering the NPM14 shenanigans on its blog.

6. CBC is going to talk poetry this month, starting with videos of Layton, Birney, Purdy.

7. Canada Arts Connect is having a contest. You could win poetry!

8. Poets.org offers 30 ways to celebrate National Poetry Month.

9. You can take part in the NaPoWriMo challenge.

10. You can buy books at your local indie bookstore, if you still have one &/or get them from the publishers themselves.

Why do I think NPM is important? Hey, i'll take any opportunity to steep myself in poetry. But i do this all year round. I suppose one way of thinking goes that if people need a reminder that poetry exists, maybe they aren't really that into it; however, until the year 2000, i didn't know that we had such a thing as contemporary poetry. I thought poetry was the work of the dead. so you never know who you're going to reach & how.

What are you doing for National Poetry Month? Kissing a poet is a good answer...

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