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It's National Poetry Month - even in Syracuse!

So, now that it is National Poetry Month, what do we do about it?

We are celebrating National Poetry Month, created by the Academy of American Poets in 1996.

Although we should celebrate poetry all year, this month provides us an opportunity to focus on it. April, a month by nature no more poetic than any other, does provide a transition from one season to another, as poetry may provide a transition from one sense to another, from one awareness to another, from one mood to another. Or , since many times a cigar is just a cigar or a rose, a rose (and a rose) poetry is just poetry C which is good enough for us to celebrate.

As with any celebration, we look for a means to do just that, so here are some suggestions for what we might do C some are probably things we already do, others might be new and worth a try.

Find a poetry reading to attend. Take along some of your own work in case there is an open mic. Don t even think about whether or not you are obligated to read C you ll know when it s time.

Write something poetic C don t worry if it doesn t seem finished or polished or good or anything that fits standard expectations. Just be pleased that it IS.

Go to a bookstore, buy some coffee, get a stack of poetry books, and read one or two from every one.

Send some lines from a favorite poem to us at The City Eagle (eaglepoetry@aol.com) and tell us why you like them.

Invite some friends over for coffee and poetry. Don t worry about finding people who are poets, just find people who are friends. The poet part takes care of itself.

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