This post is late, because it’s already the second week of April, which is National Poetry Writing Month 2012! Hooray!
For NaPoWriMo, all you have to do to celebrate is write poetry. Or go see a poetry slam Wednesday nights at the Cantab lounge or with BU’s Speak for Yourself. Or just listen to your best friend / kind of okay friend / mortal enemy spit some fire (and by fire I mean dope lyrics). Speaking of dope lyrics, you can also check out the BU Hip Hop Stans at their weekly Wednesday evening freestyle cypher, these days outside of the GSU (weather permitting).
If you want to go all-out for this month of poetic frenzy, you can participate in what is called the 30 in 30 challenge, in which you write 30 poems in 30 days–one poem for each day of the month of April. So far, it is about a week and a half in, so y’all have a little catching up to do, but if you write at least two poems a day, you can definitely make up the difference by the end of the week. I have some catching up to do myself, both in Culture Shock land and in poetry land. Don’t sweat it — it’s super easy!
If you need more inspiration, read some Pablo Neruda, Robert Frost, Allen Watts, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, or even some Willy Shakespeare. Or if you want something easy, just submit a short haiku to @BUinHaiku.
Whatever you do, just do it! Happy writing, dear poets!