What Are You Doing For World Poetry Day? March 21

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By Sandra Sealy

So what are YOU doing for #WorldPoetryDay? As proclaimed by UNESCO, World Poetry Day is observed every March 21st since 1999. Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General says: “Poetry is a window onto the breath-taking diversity of humanity.”

One of the main objectives is to “support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities.”

One of my favourite aims is “to promote the teaching of poetry, to restore a dialogue between poetry and the other arts such as theatre, dance, music and painting.” This is something I really connect to that the National Cultural Foundation of Barbados does very well.

Some activities I’ve tried or been involved in are: writing an ekphrasis piece. Susan Main’s ‘Team Work’ inspired me to write ‘A Day In The Life Of Jessamy’. You could also perform a poem enhanced by dancers’ movement. A theatrical piece or musical featuring a poet or group of poets’ work, could be produced with their poetry as the meat of the script.


(C) 2003 ‘Team Work’ by Susan Mains

Not sure what else to do?

  • send a #WorldPoetryDay  e-postcard to the poets in your circle or share it from your social media channels
  • pose with a #WorldPoetryDay selfie card and share it
  • host a reading or slam with your community or a school
  • teach some youngsters in your community or class an older form of poetry
  • visit an art exhibition or beautiful place of interest to fuel some new writing
  • commit to submitting some poetry to a new anthology or magazine
  • start your own chapbook or collection of poems

If you’re NOT a poet:

  • send a #WorldPoetryDay  e-postcard to the poets in your circle or share it from your wall
  • share a poet’s quote (don’t forget to credit the source)
  • support a spoken-word artist by requesting their song on the radio
  • support a poet by purchasing their book or spoken-word (for yourself and as a gift or prize)
  • support a poet by leaving feedback about their work on their website or blog
  • support a poet by inviting them to talk to your community group or students – be prepared to offer them a fee, even if it’s just an honorarium

Don’t forget to share with the world using the #WorldPoetryDay hashtag!

Source for #WorldPoetryDay info in intro: un.org


Sandra Sealy is Principal Consultant & Writer for Seawoman Creative Media - seawomancreativmedia.co Her background in public relations in marketing combined with her strong creative writing skills have ably prepared her as a freelance writer/ editor. Sandra covers a number of niches like copy for brochures and websites, advertorials, restaurant and book reviews, press releases, feature and cover stories, pictorial text and more. Sandra's work has been widely anthologised. Some of her writing credits include: CALABASH: A Caribbean Journal of Arts & Letters (USA) ; Arts Etc (Barbados); Her Circle Ezine.com; Caribbean Writing Today (ezine); POUI: The Cave Hill Literary Annual of the University of the West Indies (Barbados); Wedding Guide Barbados; SHE Caribbean Magazine (St. Lucia); Urban Entertainment (USA); In Paradise Magazine:Barbados (Writer/Editor) and the Nation Newspaper (Barbados). Her dèbut spoken-word CD single- "Beauty Of The Bald Head: The Jazzy Spoken-Word Single" (Butterfly Creative Productions/Kolaiah Studios 2003)-was launched on the luxurious Freewinds Cruise Ship in January 2003. The Aquarian was backed by the celebrated Freewinds Band and Dominican singing sensation Michele Henderson. Top Barbadian musicians who also were featured in her CD shared the stage: saxophonist extradordinaire (Chris Harper (founder of "Cool Jazz'); beloved Bajan diva Tamara Marshall and multi-awarding winning Dwain Gill (on trombone). The CD was favourably reviewed in Ejazznews.com. Listen to Seawoman's acclaimed 2-track music set by clicking on the link below. You can read samples of Sandra's work at Contently.com

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