Thursday, April 08, 2010

Why Then, Here's Ten

In honor of April, which among other things is National Poetry Month, here are:

Ten Things About Poetry has one of the largest collections of poetry on the internet, all searchable and all 100% free.

You can generally make some interesting accidental poetry by inputting text into the Bonsai Story Generator or Robopoem, or playing with the Automatic Poetry Generator, the Genuine Haiku Generator, Icon Poet, or The Poetry Generator.

For those of you who have poetry you'd like to sell, has a search engine for poetry and fiction markets.

From WikiHow, How to Write a Poem.

Got fridge? You can have a poem on it in no time with one of the great word-magnetic sets from Magnetic Poetry (also makes a great gift for poets of any age, especially youngsters.)

Scholastic has an online Poetry Idea Engine that teaches kids about four different forms of poetry (haiku, limerick cinquain, free verse) while they have fun playing.

National Poetry month info abounds over at*.

My favorite poem: somewhere i have never travelled by e.e. cummings

Ten Things for Poets.

Use poetry to make word clouds (and often get some compelling story title ideas) via my Wordling Poetry method.

(*link nicked from Kris Reisz)


  1. I really need to get one of those magnetic poetry kits. Thanks for the ee cummings link, I'd never read that one.

  2. This is a great post! :) Love it. Very nice information, and I really like that last link! I hadn't seen that one before either. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I like that poem. I always loved e.e. cummings poem called Grasshopper. It's a fun one.

    My favorite poem is The Wasteland by T.S. Elliott. It's long, but it's good!

  4. This is going to sound a little weird, because I am a technical writer and not an actual writer, but it was a fun trick.

    Back when I still used hardcopy when doing markups, I would keep the comments from my subject matter experts organized by writing them in different color pens. That way I could keep track of who made what suggestion. Engineers who were late with their comments were assigned the dreaded hot pink pen.


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