In celebration of National Poetry Month, I thought it would be fun to combine and share two of my favorite things: nature and poetry. First things first, let's just acknowledge that reading poetry can be intimidating. I remember the first time I had to read a poem out loud- it felt like I was trying to speak a new language. But it doesn't have to be scary or hard, and nature poetry is one of the best places to start, as the language and imagery of the natural world is familiar to us all. As someone who loves to explore the great outdoors, I am constantly amazed by the diversity and beauty to be discovered. So, it's no surprise to me that poets turn to nature time and again for inspiration, wielding their words like paintbrushes to show us new ways of viewing the world. If you're ready to embark on your own poetry adventure, check out one of the titles below.
In this thought-provoking book, John Felstiner explores the rich legacy of poems that take nature as their subject, and he demonstrates their force and beauty.
In these pages, Oliver shares the wonder of dawn, the grace of animals, and the transformative power of attention. Whether studying the leaves of a tree or mourning her adored dog, Percy, she is ever patient in her observations and open to the teachings contained in the smallest of moments.
Black Nature is the first anthology to focus on nature writing by African American poets, a genre that until now has not commonly been counted as one in which African American poets have participated.
Urban Nature celebrates nature's resiliency and captures the many faces of wildness in the city with poems by more than 130 emerging and recognized poets.
Let's not forget about the kids! Get them to start reading poetry when they're young, and it'll come natural to them (pun intended).
This is just the tip of the iceberg, so here are even more nature poetry titles available to check out at your local library. Please feel free to share your favorite nature poem in the comments below. Happy Reading!