For Poetry Month, We're Taking To Twitter — And We Want Your Help

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According to iStockphoto, these floating letters "symbolize the idea of literature." Sure. We'll just roll with that.

According to iStockphoto, these floating letters "symbolize the idea of literature." Sure. We'll just roll with that.

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Help us make poetry!

April is National Poetry Month: 30 days set aside for the celebration of all things verse. Many of us here at Code Switch love poetry every month of the year, but we can't always make space for it in our coverage.

So this month, we're taking advantage of the national celebration and highlighting great poets and poems that address issues of race, ethnicity and culture.

To kick off our coverage, we're inviting you to help us create collaborative poetry on Twitter. We've invited poet Kima Jones to curate a crowd-sourced poem on the subject of race and identity. (Keep your eyes peeled for a profile of Jones tomorrow.)

This Wednesday, April 9 at 12 p.m. EST, join us on Twitter and tweet out the line you'd like to see added to the poem. Use the hashtag #CSPoetry so we can see your submission.

We'll share the final product, a co-creation of Code Switch readers and Kima Jones, and have a conversation about race, culture, poetry and creativity.

Join us! And as you're enjoying National Poetry Month, please share your favorite poetry recommendations in the comments.

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