Grow Your Poetry Knowledge

National Poetry MonthApril is National Poetry Month (I know you all were eagerly anticipating this celebration all year). Since my poetry reading during the rest of the year is sporadic at best, I always like the reminder to fill my to-be-read pile with new poets.

If you'd like to honor the art of verse in April, the Academy of American Poets has suggested a whole bunch of ways to do so. Your local library can also help you fulfill some poetry related goals.

Attend a Poetry Reading or Event

If you take a look at our events page, we have lots of poetry events, from readings to workshops. Take a look to find one near you!

Memorize a Poem

This was a challenge I accepted last year (although Morgan Freeman will always read the poem I chose better than I). If you'd like to have a poem to whip out at opportune moments, there's a few ways to find a good one at the library.

  • You can check out an anthology from one of our branches for some options.
  • Check out one of our staff curated lists of poetry for personalized suggestions.
  • Look at our ProQuest Learning: Literature database (one of the many you can access 24/7 from the comfort of your own home). The database has a special section of poets reading their own work for your inspiration! Just click on the 'Poets on Screen' off of the main page to peruse available poems.

Try Reading a Novel in Verse

Reading a book in verse can be a powerful way to experience a story. If you're not sure where to begin, our staff have made a great list of options for you. Also, if this genre is new to you, reading one of these books could help you achieve your 10 to Try Challenge goals!

Look at Your Favorite Poem a Different Way

One of my very favorite poems is Her Kind by Anne Sexton. I re-read it often, but it wasn't until I found some interesting critical articles on the poem as well as a biography of the poet that I felt I understood it better. You can find criticism, reviews, full text and biographies of many poets on the previously mentioned ProQuest Literature database. Mind. Blown.

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