Written 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
Inaugurated in April 1996, 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.
National Poetry Month is not for writing papers or pleasing your professor with your research, although that too is important. It is really about you. It is about taking pleasure in the meaning and sound of words that are important to you. In fact, you are probably a lot more familiar with poetry than you think. Some consider music lyrics to be poetry and most of us listen to music daily. You do not need to analyze it, dig in deep, or even completely understand it all. So expand your reading by including some poetry and just enjoy it!
Poem of the day
- Poem of the Day from the Academy of American Poets
National Poetry Association and Related Links
- Academy of American Poets – poets.org
- Nebraska Poet Laureate – Twyla Hansen
- Library of Congress Poetry and Literature
- Library of Congress Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry
- Poetry Daily – poems.com
- Poetry Foundation – poetryfoundation.org
- Poets Society of America – poetrysociety.org/psa/
- Poets & Writers – pw.org