Poetry Month

April is Poetry Month, and the MacDuffie English Department is pleased to offer an array of events that students and their families are invited to attend. Students can register themselves and their family guests by emailing Ms. Tomkiel at:  ctomkiel@macduffie.org., unless otherwise noted.

April 2, morning assembly (by zoom, no registration required): “The Poem I wish I Had Read in High School” Poets Hanif Abduraqib, Ada Limon, and Alison Rollins read the poems they wish they had read in high school.

April 6, 7:30pm (by zoom, restricted to students and families in Creative Writing, AP Literature and Language classes, and the staff of The Muse):  Webinar by poet Erica Meitner and High School Poetry Prize Winners, Smith College.

April 8, 3-4 pm (by zoom and in-person) Dear Poet Workshop:  Poets John Warner Smith, Tina Chang, Angelo Geter, Margaret Gibson, and Stuart Kestenbaum read select poems, after which participants write a short letter to the poet of their favorite poem. Select letters will be shared on social media to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Poetry Month.

April 10, 7-9:20 pm (in person, register with Ms. Lyman at dlyman@macduffie.org, boarders only):  Showing of the movie, Dead Poets Society, an award-winning movie about the transformative power of art, the joy of genuine friendship, and the heartbreaking challenges of youth Popcorn and refreshments will be available. Bring your favorite blanket, your best junk food appetite, and a box of kleenex!

April 15, 3-3:45pm (by zoom and in person, no registration required):  Spring Magnetic Poetry Workshop: Celebrate warmer weather and longer days with some spring-inspired magnetic poetry tiles! This activity is digital, so you can join either virtually or in person. We’ll read a few springtime poems and then create our own using magnetic poetry slides. Write one poem or one hundred, save and print them or delete them right away—it’s up to you! Look for an email from Ms. Panico with a zoom link.

April 16, morning assembly (by zoom, no registration required) The Poem I did read during High School: MacDuffie students share poems they are glad they read in middle and high school, either in the classroom or on their own. Prizes will be given for the most thoughtful entries! 

April 22, 3-4:30 pm (in person only)/ Rain date, April 29 Nature Poetry Workshop:  Participants will enjoy the natural environs of the MacDuffie campus while reading select nature poems by Dorianne Laux, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Mary Oliver. They will also start to draft their own poems, inspired by nature. Bring a blanket or folding chair to sit on and a notebook and pencil.

April 29: Poem in Your Pocket Day

It’s easy to participate in Poem in Your Pocket Day from a safe distance. Here are some ideas of how you might get involved:

  • Select a poem and share it on social media using the hashtag #pocketpoem. 
  • Print a poem from the Poem in Your Pocket Day PDF and draw an image from the poem in the white space, or use the instructions on pages 59-60 of the PDF to make an origami swan. 
  • Record a video of yourself reading a poem, then share it on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or another social media platform you use. 
  • Email a poem to your friends, family, neighbors, or local government leaders.
  • Schedule a video chat and read a poem to your loved ones.
  • Add a poem to your email footer.
  • Read a poem out loud from your porch, window, backyard or outdoor space. 

April 30 deadline:  The America Library of Poetry is offering its 25th Annual National Student Poetry Contest for three divisions: grades 6-7, 8-9, and 10-12. Contact Ms. Tomkiel for more information.