Tuesday, March 15, 2011

April is National Poetry Month

I know it isn't April yet, but every year I start to think about what I will do to celebrate National Poetry Month a few weeks early. I've been writing poetry for over 25 years, since I was a teen, and I have been performing poetry at area open mics for over 15 years.

In 2007 and 2008 I posted a poem-a-day on my personal blog. (poems by others, not my own poetry.)

In 2009 I attempted to write and post a poem-a-day of my own poetry, and only managed 20.

Last year I successfully wrote and posted a poem-a-day.

This year, I've decided to debut an ezine

Generations of Poetry - The eZine for Genealogists

The mission of the zine will be to share: poetry on the genealogy obsession (the research, the rewards, the pitfalls), as well as biographical poems about ancestors and kin. We will include poetry by famous authors (such as Robert Frost, who inspired the title of the zine with his poem, Generations of Men). We will also be open for submissions from poets interested in genealogy, and genealogists with a hankering for poetry.

In its opening month, I hope to post a new poem each day. The frequency of poetry after that will be completely dependent upon submissions. The less I have to write in April, the happier I will be. Ideally, none of these poems will have been written by me. Ideally, all of them will be selected from submissions. Interested poets should read the guidelines for submission.

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