Ready for National Poetry Month 2023? Start now!

It’s Poetry Friday, but I’m doing a separate Poetry Friday post so as not to overwhelm you with too many things!

Happy almost National Poetry Month 2023! Curious about what I’m doing? Want to play along? Read more here.

[Heads-up: If you’re visiting regularly, please know that the bold, blue text is what I’m writing fresh each day. The black text is the same each day:>) ]

Okay, I know National Poetry Month doesn’t begin until Saturday, but my poetry project this year is a two-day process. So I’m sharing what you need if you’re planning to do some digging with me :>)

Also, here are a couple of poems I dug for as I was practicing for Poetry Month. These are samples so that you see I’m just trying to put some words together in new ways.

What words will I be digging through today?

And here’s the card that I can pull my topic from:

So my possible topics are:

  1. baby

  2. wisdom

  3. false

  4. canine

  5. teeth

Will you join in? Would love to see what you come up with!

And that’s how it works! I hope you and/or your students will play with these words and see what happens. And if you want to pick a different topic from the ones I listed, go for it. I’m just providing a possible framework for you to play with!



13 Responses

  1. Fun, Laura! I had fun digging for words and writing about wisdom. I wonder, though. Do I share it on tomorrow’s post as a comment? Or here?

    1. Well, what a good question, Denise! Haha. I had not even thought about that. I think the answer is, you share it wherever you like. My next poetry month post will actually be on the 1st, and that’s when I’ll share what I came up with. So people playing along can share either the day the words and topics are given, or the next day when I share mine. Whatever works for you. I look forward to seeing what you came up with!

  2. If (when) I get stuck on my etherees I know I can come here for all kinds of inspiration!

  3. What a lot of moving pieces, Laura! I will enjoy seeing your diggings wherever they pop up, but I’m juggling too many moving pieces myself right now to join in…wishing you a productive NPM!

    1. Yeeeah…It seemed simpler in my head than it does now! Oh well. I hear you. I never really see what other poets are doing during April! Good luck with all you’ve got going on!

  4. Laura, Digging for Poems among words is a really fun NPM project. Best of luck with all.I am trying to choose what I would like to do for a project but my mind is over-stuffed. I look forward to your mining of great poems. I like the one with the sweet green kiss.

    1. I hear you! A few years ago, I took the year off managing a big NPM project and just visited a blog and wrote a new poem inspired by it each day. And even that was a lot of time. Hope you come up with a manageable but fun NPM project, Carol! (Or an easy approach that you feel just right about!)

  5. I’ve decided my project will be to tame the triolet. But now that I see yours, I feel that I could have been much kinder to myself! Can you tell that the triolet does not wish to be tamed by me?
    I also like the one with the green kiss.

    1. Are you writing a triolet daily?! If so, holy wow. But you do learn a whole lot by focusing on a form for a whole month, every single day!

    1. What fun! Share and wisdom do seem to go together. I love what I call “nifty nuggets” of information, so using nugget here totally resonates with me.

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