Poetry is a perfect form of expression for this difficult time and also a great way to capture the beautiful weather and our unique interactions. While many poetry-focused gatherings have been cancelled there are mays to celebrate National Poetry Month in April.
•It’s a great time to try National Poetry Writing Month challenge.
•Locally, you can participate in the River City Poets April Writing Challenge.
•Visit 🌸 Seven Spots To Enjoy Cherry Blossoms in the Richmond Area 🌸 for inspiration.
•Join or follow the Poetry Society of Virginia.
•Read about and works by the current and the past Virginia poet Laureates in the Library of Congress.
•Search up poetry resources at the Virginia Humanities.
•Get to know Richmond’s own hometown poet Edgar Allen Poe through videos produced by The Poe Museum and get inspiration to write your own emotional poetry to capture your mood and express your feelings
•Read poetry from books you access online from area libraries:
- Richmond Public Library online resources
- Henrico County Public Library
- Chesterfield County Public Library
- Hanover County is part of the Pamunkey Regional Library system, which on Saturday (3/14/20) said on their website they were providing curbside service to patrons.
•Listen to the Encyclopedia Virginia podcast about Anne Spencer, a poet, gardener, and luminary of the Harlem Renaissance.
•Explore Virginia poets listed in the Encyclopedia Virginia.
•Check out and purchase classic or newer poetry from Richmond bookstores and other literary sites
•For the teen in your life, buy a subscription to Stone Soup poetry magazine to encourage creative expression year-round.
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