National Poetry Month

It’s National Poetry Month.

Most of us have sat down, pencil in hand, and attempted to write a poem – whether as a class assignment or just as a way to record feelings rolling around in our hearts or minds.  I never was much good at it, but I tried.  Mostly I look to others  much better at expressing their thoughts and feelings through the exacting discipline of poetry.  I have favorites – I even have some lines of poetry memorized.

wordsThis month, the library will be hosting a magnetic poetry board (loaned to us by VC English instructor Michelle Paulsen).  You can come over and scramble some words to create your own poetry or read the poems scrambled by others.

Here are some poetry links –  from the Academy of American Poets.  The Academy was founded to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry.  This site provides links to poetry events and readings across the country, search to find a poem or poet, as well as a section for educators.

Poet Laureate of the United States: Natasha Trethewey – web page from the Library of  Congress.  In addition to information about the current Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey, the site also includes links to information about past laureate.

Favorite Poem Project – started by Robert Pinsky, the 39th Poet Laureate of the United States.  During the one-year call for submissions, 18,000 Americans wrote volunteering to share their favorite poems.  From the submissions, several projects were created.  The coolest is the video project – a collection of 50 short video documentaries showcasing individual American reading and speaking personally about poems they love.  27 of the videos are available on this website.  The others are available on a DVD for purchase.  Real people reading poetry.  Very neat.

Best Poems Encyclopedia – a free poetry site with poems in many categories – by nationality, by topic, by poet…

Twentieth Century American Poetry – one of our databases – a collection of 52,000 poems by over 300 poets. Searchable by keyword, first line, poet, and many other options.

Twentieth  Century English Poetry – another on of our databases – a collection of 594 volumes of poetry by 282 poets from 1900 to the present day.

Post by Karen Locher, Associate Director


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