April is National Poetry Writing Month. Traditionally, participants should be aiming to write one poem per day throughout the month of April. I say, lame.
Instead of forcing out rushed, half-baked ideas and passing them off as poems without getting constructive feedback, I'm going to focus on digging out old drafts of poems, and jot down new ideas, find feedback websites and test them out, get some solid constructive criticism and fire out polished poems to magazines. I have some drafts that have been haunting my computer for 2 and a half years now, and it's getting ridiculous. I've been waiting for an excuse to single out the poetry form and develop my skills in it, and April's NaPoWriMo is the perfect opportunity. With so many writers having online presences of some kind, it shouldn't be hard to find contacts, get feedback and learn more about the art of poems.
(Also, as Duotrope has gone subscription-only and I'm too tight to pay their fees, I'll be looking for new ways to find magazines to publish my work. If you know of any, please comment below.)