National Poetry Month

By Stephanie

April is National Poetry Month!

What is National Poetry Month, you ask?

According to Poets.org, “National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern. We hope to increase the visibility and availability of poetry in popular culture while acknowledging and celebrating poetry’s ability to sustain itself in the many places where it is practiced and appreciated.”

In honor of this celebration of poetry, I’m going to show you guys some cool sites and books that I find really fascinating and beautiful. 

First, the Poetry Foundation. Here you can find tons of poems, info about poets, articles, audio and podcasts, videos, and other cool resources like the Poetry Foundation App (for those of you who, like myself, find yourself awake at 2AM with a craving for words). 

Now, onto some spoken word. 

Project VOICE is a good place to start. Sarah Kaye (founder and co-director) and Phil Kaye (co-director) have lots of videos, as well as radio, audios, and podcasts that you can watch/listen to. 

Shane Koyczan is my personal favorite spoken word poet. His pieces pull me apart and then put me back together again. They make me feel, whether it’s happy, sad, angry, etc, and that is just fine with me–more than just fine actually, it’s perfect–because I think that’s part of what poetry’s all about: feeling. 

And speaking of feeling (though maybe more in a concrete use-your-senses kind of way), below are just a few examples of poetry books that we have in our collection:

Ron Rash 
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E. E. Cummings
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William Carlos Williams
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Sylvia Plath
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Edna St. Vincent Millay
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Catherine Carter 
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Now that we’ve discovered both sites and books (and an app as well!), I leave you, but not before sharing one of my favorite poems:

so much depends
upon

a red wheel
barrow

glazed with rain
water

beside the white
chickens.

The Red Wheelbarrow, William Carlos Williams

Happy National Poetry Month, everyone! Get reading and listening. Take it all in. Enjoy. Feel. 

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