It's National Poetry Month. Send us your mini poems
Updated April 22, 2022 at 10:25 PM ET
Every April, we ask our audience to help us celebrate National Poetry Month by writing their own poems. Whether you're an amateur or an award-winning poet, we want your haikus, your odes, your unconventional prose.
Here's how it works: Share your original poem to Twitter or TikTok using the hashtag #NPRPoetry. The original rules apply: Tweets must be 140 characters or less; TikTok videos can't be longer than 15 seconds. Our favorites will be featured both on-air and online.
Now, we understand that, like all writing, poetry — even the idea of it — can seem intimidating at first. But there's no reason it should be. Need some inspiration to get started?
Donovan Beck, whose poems have attracted millions of views on TikTok, tells NPR about a simple practice he keeps to spark his creativity.
Grab a notebook and go on a walk, he says. "Go out dedicatedly for 30 minutes or so. Just start taking notes on things that you notice around, and then take this back to your editing space." At that point, Beck says, you'll likely find ideas in your scribbles that you can expand on.
"I think poets are just people who take notes on the universe," he says.
All month, we'll be updating this page to feature a sampling of your miniature poems. Here are some of our favorites so far, mixed in with others handpicked by working poets who spoke to NPR's All Things Considered this National Poetry Month.
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Above the small pond— Tom (@TomSterling16) April 8, 2022
dragonflies engage flies in
aerial combat#NPRPoetry #haiku
#NPRPoetry— William G. Davies Jr. (@pliny4734) April 10, 2022
Like costume jewelry
left on the dead,
their sunny economy
around the ruins
of a farmhouse.
@fudge_barz Day 7 of 30 "About Constructs" #blackpoetry #poet #blackpoet #poetsoftiktok #poetry🥀 #poetrytok #poems #contemporarypoetry #nationalpoetrymonth2022 #napowrimo #poetry #blackpoetry #poem #nprpoetry ♬ original sound - sherekhanwitagut
A CHILD— Robert Flanagan (@robertluke1728) April 7, 2022
An open heart,
From the start,
Open to all,
Love so big,
In a Being so small.#NPRpoetry
#NPRpoetry— James Rodgers (@haikooky) April 6, 2022
Why I Own A Calendar
It's Monday in my head,
Tuesday on the calendar,
Friday in my heart
and Sunday in my bones,
while every part of me,
every cell of my being
wishes it were Saturday once more.
@shaebreann92 Here's my submission for #nprpoetry ♬ original sound - ShaeBreann Richardso