“Write about your sorrows, your wishes, your passing thoughts, your belief in anything
beautiful.” ~Rainer Maria Rilke
April is National Poetry Month. Each year, the Academy of American Poets promotes National Poetry Month to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry.
The library has hundreds of books, e-books and DVDs with poems to delight your senses. So read, write or share a poem in celebration!
Watch or listen to people read poems they love. Try the Favorite Poem Project
, cosponsored by Boston College and the Library of Congress. It’s dedicated to celebrating, documenting, and encouraging poetry's role in Americans' lives.
Or let Maya Angelou inspire you. Dr. Angelou says, “Poetry is music written for the human voice”. Watch these videos
to discover why she writes.
Share a Poem
On April 18, it’s Poem in Your Pocket Day
. Select a poem you love then carry it with you to share with family, friends or co-workers. Tell everyone by posting to Twitter and using the hashtag #pocketpoem.
Help Getting Started
Try Writing With Writers: Poetry
from Scholastic. This website offers poetry resource for grades 1–8. There are tips from authors of children's poetry, a teacher's guide, step-by-step workshops, and more.