National Bad Poetry Day, part 1: Venting through written word

National Bad Poetry Day, part 1: Venting through written word

National Bad Poetry Day falls on August 18 this year and is dedicated to celebrating the written word. Although it is not officially acknowledged by the U.S. government, according to, the creators of this day, it’s a chance to: “Invite some friends over, compose some really rotten verse, and send it to your old high school teacher.” Sounds fun.

Regardless of whether or not this is an official holiday, many agree that writing is a good way to vent. Other people believe that talking, exercising, listening to music and doing something you enjoy are other great ways to vent. Writing is not for everyone, poetry is not for everyone, but those who do appreciate the written word can often find it cathartic. Making lists, journaling, writing letters are a few ways to illustrate one’s thoughts, whether negative or positive, on paper. It is not necessary for others to read these words if these exercises are meant for one’s own therapy. Individuals can simply write a letter expressing their thoughts and feelings and put it in a box or burn it. Putting words down on paper can be a way to release negative energy and express oneself.

Be aware, however, that writing thoughts and feelings on social media websites can have negative consequences. Writing why one does not like a certain person or idea on social media platforms, such as Facebook and LinkedIn, can offend other people. Venting through words should be kept private or done in an appropriate manner so that others aren’t offended.

Venting through words does not have to be good in a grammatical sense. Written thoughts can be riddled with spelling errors and grammatical errors. They may include run-on sentences and ignore punctuation. There are no rules when it comes to releasing one’s feelings, as long as the person feels better after writing these words. According to the National Association for Poetry Therapy, poetry therapists aid in helping people who are going through a mental health disorder or a rough time by writing poetry.

According to The Institute for Poetic Medicine: “Poetry therapy is an interactive process with three essential components: literature, a trained facilitator, and the client(s). A trained poetry/biblio therapist selects a poem or other form of media to serve as a catalyst, to evoke feeling reactions for discussion and encourages writing. The focus is on the person’s reaction to the literature, never losing sight of the primary objective — the psychological health and well-being of the individual.

“A poetry therapist creates a gentle, non-threatening atmosphere where people feel safe and are invited to share feelings openly and honestly.”

It is never too late to start writing poetry, whether it is good or bad, as long as it is good for the soul.

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