By Michael Sutherland, Web Services Librarian
“For poems are not, as people think, simply emotions (one has emotions early enough) – they are experiences.”
– Rainer Maria Rilke
Celebrate National Poetry Month at the Calvin T. Ryan Library and visit our first-floor display of Reynolds endowed chair and Nebraska poets! 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. The American Academy of Poets hopes 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.
Inaugurated by the Academy in April 1996, National Poetry Month brings together publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools, and poets around the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.