Now that all the April Fool's Day pranks have been played (and hopefully put to rest for another year), it is a pleasure to announce that the rest of April is loaded with other wonderful occasions, including National Poetry Month.
The idea, which has been in practice since 1996, is to gather poets and poetry together with parents, librarians, students, teachers, and families to increase awareness of and bring attention to this artful form of expression. Celebrate throughout the month by putting a poem in your pocket, memorizing a poem, writing a poem on the sidewalk with chalk, or listening to a poem on your MP3 player. You say you're a poet? Don't you know it!