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.
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
- share a poet’s quote (don’t forget to credit the source) or your own
- 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