Bayliss Public Library plans to celebrate National Poetry Month in April

SAULT STE. MARIE — In April, Bayliss Public Library is beginning a month-long poetry celebration where participants will have the chance to create and then present their own poetry.

The library is teaming up with the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario for the month-long event, which coincides with National Poetry Month.

“When I reached out to the library in Canada I suggested we partner up and they jumped right on board,” said Natalie Nowak, adult program director for Bayliss Public Library. “We came together because we figured we could reach more people with it.”

National Poetry Month is celebrated in April each year.

All month, both libraries will be handing out blackout poetry kits to visitors to help participants create their own poetry.

Blackout poetry is a form of writing that helps amateur writers learn how to express themselves through writing more easily. This is because in blackout writing, all the words writers will use are already there.

The kits contain a series of pages taken from books that are no longer in good enough condition to be put on the library shelves and assembled in a random order, as well as a black marker. The idea is to use the marker to erase or cover up entire paragraphs and pages until only the words or sentence fragments you wish to use in your poetry are visible.

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