Now is the time to rediscover the pleasure of poetry! According to Poets.org:
“National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives.”
The goals behind National Poetry Month, celebrated in April, include encouraging the public to read poems and boosting support of poetry and poets. Here are some ways you can celebrate National Poetry Month:
- Memorize a poem.
- Buy a book of poetry from your local bookstore.
- Read about different poetic forms.
- Sign up for a poetry class or workshop.
- Check out a book of poetry from your local library!
You can find a variety of poetry anthologies, single-poet volumes, and quirky poetry-inspired books at the York County Public Library. Here are just a few examples:
- The Oxford book of American poetry,
Chosen and edited by David Lehman — An expanded anthology of poems by American poets, from Whitman and Bradstreet to Plath, Ginsberg, Ashbery, and beyond, reflects the literary traditions and achievement of three centuries as it covers the works of more than two hundred poets.
- The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-century American Poetry,
Edited with an introduction by Rita Dove —
An anthology of twentieth-century American poetry, featuring Wallace Stevens, T.S. Eliot, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Hayden, Gwendolyn Brooks, Derek Walcott, Adrienne Rich, John Ashbery, Anne Sexton, and many others.
- Dickinson: Selected poems and commentaries,
Helen Vendler —
Contains 150 selected poems of Emily Dickinson with accompanying commentary from Vendler. Per the publisher, “Vendler chooses to exhibit many aspects of Dickinson’s work as a poet…Included here are many expected favorites as well as more complex and less often anthologized poems.”
- The Essential Ginsberg,
Allen Ginsberg Edited by Michael Schumacher —
A collection of essential poems, essays, letters, songs, and photographs which aims to introduce new readers to the scope of Allen Ginsberg’s work in its prolific and profound diversity.
- The collected poetry of Nikki Giovanni, 1968-1998,
Chronology and notes by Virginia C. Fowler —
An omnibus of early works features pieces written between 1968 and 1998 and includes the contents of five previously published volumes.
- Pop Sonnets: Shakespearean spins on your favorite songs,
Erik Didriksen —
“The Bard meets the Backstreet Boys in ‘Pop Sonnets,’ a collection of 100 classic pop songs reimagined as Shakespearean sonnets. All your favorite songs are here, including hits by Jay-Z, Johnny Cash, Katy Perry, Michael Jackson, Talking Heads, and many others. With stirring sentiments on everything from love and despair to wanton women, ‘Pop Sonnets’ offers inspirational verse for every occasion.” (From dust jacket)