Happy Poetry Day from Poetry Shelf – 20 things to do that aren’t on the poster!

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  1. read a poem
  2. buy a poetry book for yourself
  3. buy a poetry book for a friend
  4. read a poetry book in a public place
  5. write an off-the-cuff poem and hide it until next Poetry Day
  6. write a poem in the sand or on the pavement
  7. start a crowd writing a poem in the sand or on the pavement
  8. send a letter to your favourite poet
  9. cut up someone’s poem and shape it into something new
  10. check out the poem that Jack Ross (an all-time favourite poet of mine!) included in my birthday book: he is reading in Hamilton’s Poetry Day festivities
  11. check out the poem that our wonderful new Poet Laureate, CK Stead, included in my birthday book. Today is his welcome-to-Poet-Laureateship do. I will be there to celebrate! Congratulations!
  12. write a review of a NZ poetry book for me to post on Poetry Shelf
  13. tell someone about a poetry book you have read and loved in the last few weeks –  me: Joan Fleming’s Failed Loved Poems (VUP, 2015)
  14. go to a poetry event near you today. Send me a write up for Poetry Shelf with photos
  15. send me a paragraph on why you love poetry and I will post
  16. send me a paragraph on a NZ poetry book you have loved this year and I will post
  17. read a poem to a child
  18. write a poem for a child
  19. go hunting in a second-hand bookshop for a poetry surprise (I did this yesterday and got a gorgeous volume of Ruth Dallas’s I’d never seen before!)
  20. read a poem

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