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5 Cool, Fun (and Funny!) National Poetry Month Projects

Category : Book Review


Illustration by LW Lindquist. Used with permission.

1. National Poultry Month

No, you didn't misread that. This fun project debuted on April 1st (fitting), with a full entourage of ticklish chicken comics to inspire you, featuring favored poets such as Emily Chickenson and P.B. Shelly.

From "Love Poultry" and a "Poultry Reading" to "Poultry on Your Pillow" (a play on the upcoming Poem on Your Pillow Day) and more, there are plenty of chances for you to crack a smile over this one.

Readers are invited to scratch out their own poultry poems--serious or funny. Some will be chosen for feature on-site.

Here's an early entry from art business owner Maureen Doallas. References include lines from Carl Sandburg, Lewis Carroll, Philip Larkin, Amy Lowell, Richard Brautigan, and Jack Prelutsky:

Last Night I Dreamed of Chickens

A Found Poem

Do you remember, I held empty hands to you
without a thought of eggs and bacon?

Stupid in candlelight, hearing rain,
waiting fulfillment. . .

It was all very simple:
Last night I dreamed of chickens.

2. Fabulous Haiku Contest

Could three lines land you in Budapest? Indeed.

The exotic promise of this contest is not just penning a poem form that arose in the East, but also ushering yourself to the gorgeous Aria Hotel (if you happen to win the grand haiku prize) or a stay in the Poetry Room at The Library...  Read More

L.L. Barkat

L.L. Barkat is the Founder of T. S. Poetry Press, home of an Oprah-selected title, and Managing Editor of Tweetspeak Poetry. She is also the author of six books, including an experimental fiction-poetry title 'The Novelist: A Novella' and 'Love, Etc.: Poems of Love, Laughter, Longing & Loss.' Her poems have appeared at Best American Poetry, VQR, Every Day Poems, and NPR.

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