April is National Poetry Month, and even though it’s almost June, there are still so many ways to keep celebrating it. You’re probably asking why it’s even important. Poetry is irrelevant, right? I mean, if we celebrate Christmas in July, why can’t we celebrate evergreen poetry all year long? We can. It just takes a little bit of effort (*gasp*) and some appreciation for an art form that’s highly underrated.
- Participate in the World’s Largest Poetry Contest.
Who wouldn’t want to have their name in the Guinness Book of World Records?
- Sit in the middle of campus with a sign that says, “Give me any topic, and I’ll write you a poem.”
You better be ready to recite a sonnet about turning in a Math 51 problem set.
- Head over to the Stanford Bookstore, and pick up a poetry book.
Believe it or not, there’s more to poetry than Dr. Seuss!
- Watch Dead Poets Society.
Pro tip: Have a box of tissues within arm’s reach.
- Write a good ol’ love poem to your SO or best friend.
It’s a great way to butter them up when you’ve been a pain.
- Participate in a poetry slam.
Where else can you get snaps from a live audience for ranting artfully?
- Print out your favorite poem, and hang it near Tressider.
Spreading poetry is spreading love!
- Write a poem about what it means to be a Stanford student.
Don’t make the excuse that it’s indescribable.
Contact Emily Schmidt at egs1997 ‘at’ stanford.edu.