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Erato Pio-Clementino Inv317

Erato, muse of erotic poetry


By virtue of last year’s mayoral decree, June is officially Lexington Poetry Month. Various events are planned at book stores, coffee shops, libraries, and other venues throughout the month, including open mic nights, public readings, workshops, and a month-long poetry writing challenge.

For more information, visit the Lexington Poetry Month page at Accents Publishing’s website: http://accents-publishing.com/blog/lexington-poetry-month-2014/. You’ll also find links to a calendar of events and a listing of poets who’ve officially signed up to participate in the challenge.

Last year, more than 75 local poets participated and over 1,000 poems were posted. A number of those were collected into a commemorative anthology, Her Limestone Bones, and another anthology is planned for this year.

You’ve got nothing to lose, so make a sacrifice to Calliope, Euterpe, Erato, Thalia, Polyhymnia — whoever your muse may be — and sign up!

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Perhaps it is because of T.S. Eliot’s famous observation (“The Wasteland”) that April has been designated National Poetry Month by the American Academy of Poets. The energy of the very planet is stirred up as the seasons turn from the extremes of one solstice toward that of the other. Whether you write poetry or not, April is full of inspiration in both the natural and online worlds.

Nothing could be more simple than the A to Z Blogging Challenge, even if you don’t blog. Every day except Sundays, you write something inspired by the corresponding letter of alphabet, beginning with A on April 1 (http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/).

Even if you’re not a poet, you can sign up to receive daily writing prompts from WordXWord’s 30/30 Poetry Challenge (http://3030poetry.com/). If you’d rather not have those pesky prompts popping up in your inbox every day, you can resolve instead to visit the Writer’s Digest’s Poem a Day Challenge (http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/2014-april-pad-challenge-guidelines/) for their daily prompts.

Then there’s NaPoWriMo — the poet’s version of NaNoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month and National Novel Writing Month, respectively). Find ideas for taking your writing to the next level at http://www.napowrimo.net/

And for you novelists who were too busy in November to pound out your 50,000 words, the good folks at NaNoWriMo offer a month-long writing experience at Camp NaNoWriMo (https://campnanowrimo.org/sign_in). They also run a second camp session during July, so mark your calendars.

No matter what your genre, crack your fingers, get your tools and supplies lined up, and prepare to get some serious writing done in April!

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