How Do I Love Poetry? Let Me Count 30 Ways!

Check out this cool new page from the Academy of American Poets:  30 Ways to Celebrate Poetry!  Here you can browse 30 suggestions for celebrating poetry and making it a part of your daily life.  When you click on the title of a method of celebration, you will open up a separate page with more detailed information and hyperlinks to resources that will enrich your life as a reader! 

Here is a sampling of what you will find:

Read a Book of Poetry  
Poet and businessman Wallace Stevens said that poetry is “a response to the daily necessity of getting the world right.” This April, let the National Poetry Almanac help you to make poetry one of your own daily necessities.The best point of entry to the world of poetry is, of course, the poem. Dive right into a book of poems–anthologies can be great starting points for browsing and sampling diverse styles and time periods. Other people may find a slim single volume written by just one author more welcoming.

Do you remember a poem you liked in school or when you were a child? Seek out poems by the same author. See a poem on your daily commute that got you thinking? First, thank Poetry in Motion, a program of the Poetry Society of America, then track down its source and give the whole book a try.

Don’t feel obligated to read the entire book straight through, or to read particularly fast: a line or image from a poem will come back to you when you least expect it.

Don’t know where to begin? Start browsing through our Find a Poet and Find a Poem sections and see what strikes you. Check out our Poems for Every Occasion section for mini-anthologies of poems grouped thematically. Listen to recordings of poets people reading their own work in the Poetry Audio Archive. Start looking and we’re sure you’ll find a poem that speaks to you


Now Available: Poem of the Day Archives

Have you been busy and missed the Poem of the Day?  I have been so busy preparing for our poetry reading podcast we did yesterday on April 4 that I have not had time to post the “Poems of the Day” from the Academy of American Poets for April 2, 3, or 4!

Now you can easily access each “Poem of the Day” in one location:  The Poem of the Day Archives!  This year’s selections have been chosen from new poetry books that have been published in 2008, so be sure to check out these cool and fresh contemporary poems!


Poem of the Day: April 5, 2008

Today’s “Poem of the Day” from the Academy of American Poets is “Terzanelle: Manzanar Riot”  by Claire Kageyama-Ramakrishnan.

To see the copyright friendly full text of this poem, you may visit this link.  Do you like this poem?  You may want to purchase the book Shadow MountainClick here to learn more about this collection of poetry.


Poem of the Day, April 1, 2008: “Secret History”, Charles Simic

Today’s “Poem of the Day” from the Academy of American Poets is “Secret History” by Charles Simic, current Poet Laureate.

You may visit a copyright friendly version of this poem at http://tinyurl.com/2wxk27 .


April is National Poetry Month!


Today kicks of National Poetry Month 2008!  What is National Poetry Month?  Here is how the Academy of American Poets defines it:

National Poetry Month was established by the Academy of American Poets as a month-long, national celebration of poetry. The concept was to increase the attention paid-by individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our poetic heritage, and to poetry books and magazines. In the end, we hoped to achieve an increase in the visibility, presence, and accessibility of poetry in our culture. National Poetry Month has been successful beyond all anticipation and has grown over the years into the largest literary celebration in the world.”

We also have a special collection of over 150 modern and classic poetry books you can check out!  Come by the library to find a wonderful book of poetry!






Poetry Reading Webcast Available from Library of Congress!

Check out this great poetry reading webcast from the Library of Congress featuring the work of Walt Whitman!  Whether you are a student in American Literature/Composition, someone who is a fan of Walt Whitman, or a poetry lover in general, you will enjoy this wonderful poetry reading that you can see and hear on the web.  Below is a synopsis of the webcast:


A reading of Whitman’s great “Lilacs” elegy was the first event in the Library’s 2005 celebrations marking the sesquicentennary of Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” and was presented by Alice L. Birney, the Library’s literary manuscript specialist, March 25, 2005. Prof. Rosemary Winslow of Catholic University of America introduced the elegy, and the reading was then performed by 11 staff members and four distinguished guests. Whitman wrote this elegant elegy in the weeks following the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln in Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C., April 14, 1865. Neither Lincoln nor assassination is named in it, making the poem more universally appealing as dealing with the theme of death in general. Whitman was in New York at the time of the shooting, but he used printed and personal reports as source materials. With its central images of lilac, star and thrush, the elegy follows a classical pattern, moving from grief to consolation. Its song echoes traditional Roman and English formal elegies but is played to a new American rhythm and structure.

Speaker Biography: Alice Birney is an American literature specialist at the Library of Congress.

Speaker Biography: Rosemary Winslow lives and works in Washington, D.C., (on the same street where Whitman lived for a time), with her husband John, a visual artist. Her work has appeared in “32 Poems,” “Poet Lore,” “The Southern Review,” “Crux” and other journals. She has received the Larry Neal Award for Poetry twice and Writer’s Fellowships from the D.C. Commission for the Arts and The Vermont Studio Center. She teaches literature and writing at The Catholic University of America, specializing in American poetry from 1850 to the present. Her articles on Whitman have included the influence of Egyptology on his work and Whitman’s prosodic practice and influence on the Modernists.

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Poems for Winter


Are you searching for winter themed poems?  Check out the latest page from Poet.org!  This page features classic and contemporary poems dealing with all themes related to winter.    If you take a peek at the left sidebar menu, you will also find poems related to Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s.  Happy poem reading!