National Poetry Month 2020 Blog List

This National Poetry Month 2020 has been full of amazing poetry, poets, and community. In case you missed any of our amazing NPM Blog posts, here is a recap of all the thoughts, ideas, and reflections offered up by our esteemed group of NPM Blog poets. Thank you to all our contributors for your voices…

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A World of Poetry and Fun

by Janet Rogers for National Poetry Month, April 2020   I am a full time writer. I am also single and child-free which makes being a full time writer, that much more fun. I mention this as a way to introduce my position as a global writer. I travel extensively for my career and I…

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Why is Saint John’s Head in my Petri Dish?

by Eleonore Schönmaier for National Poetry Month, April 2020 Recently I said to a Greek composer, “I’ve spent my life stranded between languages.” He said, “You have to learn more languages so that you can be stranded in more places.” I’ve started memorizing the Greek alphabet and a few words. Διάλογος is dialogue and ποίημα…

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Why is Saint John's Head in my Petri Dish?

by Eleonore Schönmaier for National Poetry Month, April 2020 Recently I said to a Greek composer, “I’ve spent my life stranded between languages.” He said, “You have to learn more languages so that you can be stranded in more places.” I’ve started memorizing the Greek alphabet and a few words. Διάλογος is dialogue and ποίημα…

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Poem In Your Pocket Day 2020

Poem in Your Pocket Day is an international movement that encourages people to centre poetry within their daily interactions. On PIYP Day, select a poem, carry it with you, and share it with others at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, coffee shops, street corners, and on social media using the hashtag #PocketPoem. The 2020 Poem in Your…

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Grow Up in a World of Poetry

by Janice Zhang for National Poetry Month, April 2020   At the age of 22, I came to Canada to do my post-graduate study. After graduation, I landed a job in Toronto and then became an immigrant. Having an explorer’s mindset, I love trying out new food, visiting different places, and learning about other cultures.…

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My World of Poetry

by SPIN El Poeta for National Poetry Month, April 2020 Wajxaqib’ Aq’ab’al (Escrito) Jun Toj (Editado) Keb’ Tz’i’ (Finalizado) Saludos familia, desde el territorio ancestral Cree e Inuit de Whapmagoostui/Kuujjuarapik. I AM a Guatemayan refugee, child of a single mother, keeper of the sacred Mayan Cholq’ij calendar, spoken word poet, rapper and youth advocate.  I…

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Poetic Places to Discover in Canada

by Chloe Coome for National Poetry Month, April 2020 Poetry is interwoven into the cultural tapestry of Canada and one need only visit to experience its far-reaching influence. In Montreal, one can go to the Saint-Louis Square and see the Monuments of Émile Nelligan and Octave Crémazie – the first National Poet of Quebec and…

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Fructification, Creative Misunderstanding, Empathy: East and West Dissolve

by Sonja Arntzen for National Poetry Month, April 2020 Since the early twentieth century, by a process Ezra Pound called “fructification,” the poetries of East Asia  have nourished poetry in English. Pound used the term writing a preface in 1918 for Ernest Fenollosa’s essay, “The Chinese Written Character as Medium for Poetry.” That essay was…

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Communicating Vessels

by Beatriz Hausner for National Poetry Month, April 2020 At its most essential, translation is the transfer of textual or verbal objects from one language to another. Literary translation can be more readily compared to a kind of alchemy, where the contents of one vessel are poured into another vessel, and back again, to create…

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