April Is National Poetry Month!

Release your inner poet! Don’t think you have one? Dig deeper!
Words can connect. Words can open doors. Words can destroy. Words can protect and nurture. Words are magic. Words are your birthright.

Over the next month, I’ll be sharing a few different types of poetry with examples. And, each week, there will be a CONTEST with a journal and pen set going to the winner!

At the end of the month, the Vortex will host a Poetry Slam and Open Mic. All poets, storytellers, musicians, essayists, and more are welcome to perform!

Enter to Win

The first weekly contest will feature everyone’s favorite 17-syllable Japanese poetry — HAIKU!
A haiku consists of 3 lines. The first line has 5 syllables. The second line has 7 syllables. And the last line returns to 5 syllables.

 

Examples:

April showers bring
May flowers. The Mayflower
Brought only the fall.
By Tara F. Cobb

Here I am trying
To make everything easy
For you and not me.
By Dream_Bar22, published on TeenInk.com

More examples can be found on Teen Ink’s website.
Entries can be left in the comments below, emailed to fountaindaleteen@fountaindale.org or dropped off at the Vortex desk.

All entries must be received by 2pm on Friday, April 8. Winner will be drawn on Friday, April 8.

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