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Celebrate World Poetry Day by Getting Published

Patch welcomes submissions of poetry to celebrate the international date.

World Poetry Day is March 21, and Patch wants to help you celebrate. What better way to enjoy the craft than by being published? 

According to NationalWhateverDay.com, the day has been observed for the past 14 years.

"World Poetry Day was declared by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 1999," said the website. "The purpose of the day is to promote the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry throughout the world and, as the UNESCO session declaring the day says, to 'give fresh recognition and impetus to national, regional and international poetry movements.'"

How can you promote the art? It's simple. Share your poems with Patch. Our websites are intended to be a community forum, and we'd love to see your own creative works.

In order to become published on Patch, simply click here to "Start a Blog."

There you will be walked through, step-by-step, the process necessary to start your own work. You can post once, or as many times as you'd like. Each unique poem can stand as its own blog. We welcome any and all topics, from those of all ages. Include your name and hometown, so we can share these creative works with your community.

Be a part of World Poetry Day by having your own work published to our site. Once posted, feel free to email melissa.treacy@patch.com, and we’ll work on featuring each piece on our homepage.

The day has moved about over the course of time, but the mission is still the same: to appreciate poetry.

“It was generally celebrated in October, sometimes on the 5, but in the latter part of the 20th Century the world community celebrated it on Oct. 15, the birthday of Virgil, the Roman epic poet and poet laureate under Augustus,” said the NationalWhateverDay.com website. “The tradition to keep an October date for national or international poetry day celebrations still holds in many countries. It is still Oct. 5 in the UK.”

For more on the day, visit the United Nations' World Poetry Day homepage here.

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