National Poetry Month, but with campfires and badges and sing-a-longs
Okay, well, with badges at least.
This April, poets from 43 states and 12 countries will generate experimental poetry in recognition of National Poetry Month as part of the Found Poetry Review’s PoMoSco (short for Poetry Month Scouts) project. Participating poets earn digital merit badges for successfully completing poetry challenges on the PoMoSco website, and these challenges will result in more than 6,000 poems by the project’s conclusion on April 30th.
The 30 PoMoSco badge prompts are organized into five categories based on the method of generation: remixing, erasure, out and about, conceptual and chance operation. Within each category, poets can earn up to six badges by writing poetry in response to prescribed prompts of varying difficulty. We hope that this challenge will encourage poets to work outside of their comfort zones and try new approaches to writing poetry.
This is FPR’s fourth National Poetry Month project. Last year, the journal enlisted 78 poets to create poetry inspired by the Oulipo (Ouvroir de littérature potentielle — or “workshop of potential literature”) school of thinkers.
You can follow the PoMoSco poets all month at PoMoSco.com and through the project’s Twitter account (@pomosco) and hashtag (#PoMoSco). We will also be posting updates here on the blog and through FPR’s Facebook and Twitter channels.