Everyone is invited to celebrate National Poetry Month this April by adding an original poem to the Poet Tree at our Lake Branch.

The tree will be blossoming all April. Poets of all ages and all forms of poetry are welcome. No registration required.

If you’ve never written poetry, you can try making a Found Poem. That’s when you use something else – magazines, advertisements, dog-eared pages of favorite books – to construct your own poem. Examples include:

  • Blackout poetry, where you make a poem by blacking out words on a page and what remains is your poem. Think of it as addiction by reduction!
  • Collage poetry. Just like the name suggests, you cut up words and put them together to make a collage poem.
  • Cento poetry. Cento (or patchwork) poems are when you use and combine lines from other poems to make a poem of your own. This tradition goes back to the third century when poets would remix lines from Horace and Virgil.

If kids are looking for inspiration, we’re offering a Poetry Writing program for children at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, at our Main Branch. Registration opens April 7.