Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? National Poetry Month was founded by the Academy of American Poets in 1996 with the goal of highlighting the ongoing achievements of American poets, inspire the reading of poems, encourage the increased publication of poetry books, and gain support for poets and poetry. It’s the largest literary celebration in the world; millions of poets, readers, teachers, publishers, booksellers, and of course, librarians, participate.
What can you do to celebrate National Poetry Month? You could read a poem, or attend a poetry reading. You could start your own poetry reading group, or even try your hand at writing a poem of your own. If you’re already a fan of poetry, you could put together a collection of your favorites! To spread the love of poetry, take part in Poem in Your Pocket Day; on April 18, choose a poem, carry it with you and share it with others.
Whether you’re new to appreciating poetry or you have strong opinions about sestinas, there are plenty of poetry books for you to enjoy in the library’s catalog. If you haven’t read a poem since high school, give one of these books a try.