“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.” (Poets.org)
Some great ways to celebrate National Poetry Month:
- Read some poetry! Check out the display of poetry at the reference desk, or read some favorites at www.poets.org.
- While you’re at the desk, take a poem for your pocket. Better yet, take two and give one to a friend!
- Download the Poem Flow app to your iPhone.
- Write a poem. You don’t need to be Shakespeare to have something to say.
- Put a poem in an unexpected place. In a book. On the back of a grocery list. On a postcard to a distant friend.
Introduction to Poetry by Billy Collins
I ask them to take a poem
and hold it up to the light
like a color slide
or press an ear against its hive.
I say drop a mouse into a poem
and watch him probe his way out,
or walk inside the poem’s room
and feel the walls for a light switch.
I want them to waterski
across the surface of a poem
waving at the author’s name on the shore.
But all they want to do
is tie the poem to a chair with rope
and torture a confession out of it.
They begin beating it with a hose
to find out what it really means.