The Cuyahoga County Public Library's National Poetry Month "Read + Write: 30 Days of Poetry" is now live! No fooling! Sign up to receive their daily National Poetry Month emails, sending you creative writing exercises and poems "to inspire you and unleash your creative spark," with a special focus on the poets and poetry of Northeast Ohio.
Today's post explores the importance of the alphabet, with a poem about the letter "a" by Cleveland's John Donahue, and an abecedarian poetry prompt, featuring alphabetic exemplars by poets Robert Pinsky and Darlene Arbuckle Reese. (Don't know what an abecedarian poem is? Well, now's your time to find out.)
It's worth checking out. Sign up, or just bookmark their page, but be sure to check for something new every day for the next thirty days.
Meanwhile, the Lakewood library will also be featuring readings and events. Stay tuned for more info, but as a starter, at 7 pm today, the Lakewood library will celebrate a new posthumous collection of the works of Kent poet and bartender Mort Krahling. Maj Ragain, Brooke Horvath and Larry Smith will be among those joining the celebration of this rare, self-contained man. More at the Lakewood library web page.
Farther away from Cleveland, over at the "Poetic Asides" page on the Writer's Digest blog, Robert Brewer has the 7th annual April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge: 30 days, 30 prompts. For this year's challenge, the top poem for each day's prompt will be published in a slick anthology, selected by an all-star cast of guest judges, including Thomas Lux, Barbara Hamby, Bob Hicok, Traci Brimhall, Jericho Brown, Sandra Beasley, Amy King, and more than 20 others. Find each day's prompt on the Poetic Asides home page.
And, lots of other stuff going on during poetry month-- celebrate by going to a local poetry reading! Keep an eye on the Cleveland poetry calendar (at the top of the page), or if you know of other events, post them in the comments--