There's a lot going on for poetry. If you appreciate poetry, you already know that. And you also know poetry really doesn't need a designated month to be appreciated. Once the metallic, coffee taste of poetry is in your throat, it stays twelve months a year. It gets between your toes and follows you into the deepest dreams.
But it is April. And poets, being smart, take what they can get.
The obvious way to enjoy poetry is to read it, on paper, but there are way too many amazing poets to rave about in one little blog.
Live poetry is a whole other beast and Calgary is full of wonderful performers. Again, there are too many exciting events to list here, including the entire 2012 Spoken Word Festival. A good place to look is FFWD magazine's literary events listings.
But then the best way to celebrate poetry is to create it yourself. If you need more direction other than "Hey! It's Poetry month, go write a poem!", Calgary's Single Onion Reading Series may have the incentive you need.
It's a poetry contest!
Later this year Single Onion will celebrate their 100th event. After twelve years of lining Calgary up with a variety of renowned Canadian poets, as well as up-and-coming local artists, it is time to celebrate and Single Onion wants your help.
They want to know how local poets see Calgary and they want you to send it to them before August 15, 2012. Ten finalists will be chosen to perform at the SO100 Celebration Event on Saturday, November 17, 2012.
For full contest details visit the Single Onion blog. This is also the place where you can find the reading series' upcoming schedule of events, which usually take place the third Thursday of every month. For inspiration, find the work of these Calgary poets at the library: