April is poetry month. If that doesn’t sound awesome to you, maybe try thinking of it as Making-Music-and-Drawing-Pictures-Using-Only-Words month. Better? It’s the perfect time to let your creative nature run free, and also the perfect time to refill your creative well, so to speak.
Last April was the first time I really immersed myself in poetry for the whole month, both reading it and writing it — and surprise, surprise, the novel I started in May decided it was a verse novel. (I credit Poetry Month, among other things, with helping me find my voice.)
Even if you’ve no desire whatsoever to write poetry or a verse novel, I hope you’ll still indulge in some poetry this month. You never know how it might shape you, or how it might shape your writing. (See How poetry can help your fiction.)
This year, I’m dabbling a bit with some fun and informal types of poetry. First up was book spine poetry.
I’m starting out this next week with Fibonacci Poems. Yep, that’s right, kids…we’re combining math and poetry. How fun is that?! Fibonacci poems (“Fibs”) use the Fibonacci sequence to dictate the number of syllables in each line. So, a six-line Fib would have 20 syllables: 1/1/2/3/5/8. Something like this:
Got any other ideas of fun poetry structures for me to try? And how about you–are you dabbling in poetry this month?