National Poetry Month Activities – April 2021

Celebrate National Poetry Month at the Southworth Library!

Week 1 – April 5-10 – Black Out Poetry

Use a page from a discarded book, magazine or newspaper and create your poem by blacking out the words you don’t want. Supplies and inspiration available at the library! More instructions can be found here:

You can also use the New York Times’ virtual blackout poetry tool.

Week 2 – April 12-17 – Haiku

Traditionally, this Japanese poetry form is composed of three lines with a set number of syllables per line (5-7-5) and evokes an image for the reader, usually from nature. Try writing your own haiku at the library this week using our magnetic poetry set! Do you want to learn more about haiku, check out this helpful web site:

Week 3 – April 19-24 – Sidewalk Poetry

Let’s decorate the sidewalks around the library – or near your home! – with poetry! Chalk will be available all week. Want to leave a more (semi)permanent impression? Make a cardboard stencil and spray your poem with Rainworks, like poet Ed Madden.

Week 4 – April 26-30 – Poem in Your Pocket

Pick up a poem at the library, print your own to keep in your pocket each day this week, or write a poem on a piece of paper to carry with you. Share your poem with a friend or family member. Read it to the birds when you are at the park. Show us your poem and get a prize!