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Jul 27

Celebrating National Poetry Month 2017

Posted on July 27, 2017 at 11:24 AM by Elizabeth Land

It’s time again for National Poetry Month! According to the National Poetry Month FAQ on

“The goals of National Poetry month are to highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets, encourage the reading of poems, assist teachers in bringing poetry into their classroom, increase the attention paid to poetry by national and local media, encourage increased publication and distribution of poetry books, and encourage support for poets and poetry.”

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 compilations books at the York County Public Library. Here are just a few examples:

Beginning Non-Fiction Juvenile Non-Fiction Adult Non-Fiction
  • Selected Poems by Gwendolyn BrooksSelected Poems by Gwendolyn Brooks — Per Amazon, “The classic volume by the distinguished modern poet and winner of the 1950 Pulitzer Prize that represents her technical mastery, her compassionate and illuminating response to a world that is both special and universal, and her warm humanity.”
  • Six American Poets: An Anthology edited by Joel Conarroe — Contents include Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes. In addition, there are introductory essays by Conarroe.
  • Later Poems: Selected and New, 1971-2012 by Adrienne Rich — Per Amazon, “Included are Adrienne Rich’s own selections from twelve volumes of published works, including the National Book Award–winning Diving Into the Wreck, An Atlas of the Difficult World, and her most recent volume, Tonight No Poetry Will Serve, along with ten powerful new poems, previously uncollected.”