Why should National Poetry Month be oh-so-predictable? It’s time to add a little shine to April. Here are just 5 sparkling ways:
1. Jazz it with Jewels
The story of the world is rich with gems and jewels. Take an exotic and fascinating trip with jeweler Aja Raden and discover those riches in her book Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World. While you’re prospecting for the secrets of sparkling desire, take time to mine her words, and create a few found poems fit for a king.
Or, pile up poetry riches with the jealous poem stack technique, using Victoria Finlay’s Jewels: A Secret History as your treasure chest. Besides getting some golden poem starters, you can go on a grand adventure! Finlay will take you to the underground opal churches of outback Australia, the once pearl-rich rivers of Scotland, the peridot mines on an Apache reservation in Arizona, the remote ruby mines in the mountains of northern Burma, and more. (Just remember to watch for scorpions as you crawl with Finlay through Cleopatra’s long-deserted emerald mines!)
2. Lavish Luscious Love
The history of poetry is love and war. Choose the former this National Poetry Month, and be lavish. Try reading a love poem a day to your best lady or man. Not sure where to start? Try one of these 10 Tantalizing Titles.
You could also procure our free e-book of jeans poems and photos, and use it as inspiration to embark on your own jeans poems and photos project. Whose jeans? Your love’s, of course.
3. Go for the Roses
Did you know the Romans used to drop loads and loads of rose petals onto their party guests’ heads? One unfortunate man (oops) even drowned in roses.
Now, nobody wants you to drown in roses. But how about rose poems? You could fill April with the scent of funny-to-serious readings of rose poems. You could sketch a rose daily, to go with your chosen verse.
Why not learn more about the mystery, scandal and romance of roses—and gather ye sultry rosebud facts while ye may?
Or make some rose desserts. And buy yourself (or your lover) a few roses each week in April. Go for the poetic this year, not just for poems. (Sure, you could pretend to be Cleopatra and scatter rose petals by your bed, although it might get expensive to do so to a depth of half a meter.)
4. Revel in Red
While the rest of spring is paling in pastels, you can set yourself apart with red. Start with red poems and add to taste…
• reading poetry aloud with friends
• a secret red ribbon you carry in your pocket, for a poetic feeling of passion
• red love, red sneakers, red bags
• a stash of of red rose petals, a few of which you can leave with small poems in fun places (the subway, your lover’s bedside table, the tip tray in your favorite restaurant, a good neighbor’s mailbox, etc.)
5. Choose Chocolate
Believe it or not, chocolate partly got its start with prim Quakers in Europe. What followed was a story of failures, spies, and even a mistake that made all the difference. Today, we enjoy the decadence of chocolate, without much thought for all that came before.
This National Poetry Month, why not learn about the intriguing history of chocolate? Bring along your chocolate poems, of course.
And, if you’re feeling really decadent, try out some new chocolates throughout April. You won’t regret the melt-in-your-mouth confections from L. A. Burdick, for instance.
People will thank you, too, if you leave a few chocolates with your poems—on a co-worker’s desk, at the dinner table, or with your favorite librarians, teachers, or students.
Photo by Takashi M., Creative Commons, via Flickr. This post is a reprint of a post that first ran at Huffington Post: 5 Deliciously Decadent Ways to Take on National Poetry Month, by L.L. Barkat.
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Sandra L King says
D brought me a chocolate-covered mint from Olive Garden last night (where he got a whole meal.) He didn’t know he was bringing me poetry. He used to bring me tiramisu, but I’ll take the chocolate with fewer calories. I love that red velvet chocolate tea. I think this calls for a cup of it.
Do you know how many of each color M&M is in a bag? Watch the movie.
L.L. Barkat says
See? He’s doing poetry now. Little chocolate bite by little chocolate bite. 🙂
Yes, that tea is such a favorite. I should order more myself. (So many teas I have! Each morning is such an adventure in choosing.)
Well, I don’t. I will have to watch and learn the secret. 🙂
Sandra Heska King says
So I just got my monthly Plum Deluxe surprise tea–Garden Rose Blend Black Tea. It says, “There’s always time to stop and smell the roses.” How’s that for timing?
These come with purple love notes… “Most organisms (tea… roses… humans) will survive less-than-ideal growing conditions if they have developed strong roots.”
And on the back: “Rose teas–like roses themselves–always require a bit of planning to get the final outcome just right . . . ”
So I guess I’m doing roses, too. It says it’s “a wonderful dance partner for journaling or writing letters (or poetry.)”
So I guess I’m doing roses with the chocolate.
Donna Falcone says
Mmmmm that tea looks like it want’s to live in my house next!
Dheepa Maturi says
I love these ideas — in particular, the delicious #5!
Thank you for the celebration suggestions!
L.L. Barkat says
You’re welcome 🙂
Let us know if you make any secret poetry ‘n chocolate deliveries.