National Poetry Month is the perfect opportunity to both read and write poetry with abandon!
Visit poets.org to read a previously unpublished poem by a contemporary poet during each day in April. Also check out their 30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month.
I also recommend Poetry Foundation’s Poem of the Day (year-round).
Writer’s Digest’s April Poem-A-Day Challenge. Daily prompts are provided, with encouraging samples. Post your poems in the comments if you want to share and potentially receive feedback or comments. Or just keep them in your journal!
NaPoWriMo. National Poetry Writing Month is inspired by NaNoWriMo, and hosted by Maureen Thorson, a poet living in Washington DC. Use the daily prompts and link to your blog or website if you’d like to share your poetry.
CREATE: If you want some structured parameters to start you off, try out this new Singaporean poetic form: the coronasonnet.
In my experimentation with journalling strategies, I've found that there are some really helpful ways to add visual structure to my journal in order to make sure that it keeps its sacred space in my life. My journal is not a bullet journal, but I find that having a page or two of visuals is great for adding focus.
Today, I decided to make one of the pages in my journal an intention wheel. I read about this on tinyrayofsunshine.com, a journalling blog with lots of practical tips, and I liked how it was named.
One of my main daily intentions, captured so well in the poem "Introduction to Poetry" by Billy Collins, is to find something to appreciate each day and "hold it up to the light/ like a color slide." I want my journal to be a free place to think, appreciate, enjoy and express my thoughts. So I need to make sure I honour this time each day and protect it.
REFLECT: What are your most important intentions for each day? What do you want to track? How might journalling help with this?
CREATE: Try out an intention wheel as one page in your journal. Colour in the squares to see how you are doing in the areas that matter to you. Here is a free printable template.
MORE THOUGHT FUEL:
Check out bulletjournal.com for more ways to organize your journalling and clarify your life goals.
Also check out 100 Days of Bullet Journal Ideas from Kim at tinyrayofsunshine.com.