April is National Poetry Month, and we invite you to share with us—what’s your favorite poem and why?
National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets (AAP) in 1996 and is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. For more information about this celebration visit the AAP website.
Curious about what other people had to say about their favorite poems? Then take a look at The Favorite Poem Project to find out how Americans of all ages from all walks of life responded. Robert Pinsky, the 39th Poet Laureate of the United States, founded the Favorite Poem Project shortly after the Library of Congress appointed him to the post in 1997 as a way of celebrating, documenting and encouraging poetry’s role in Americans’ lives.
During the one-year open call for submissions, 18,000 Americans wrote to the project to share their favorite poems — Americans from ages 5 to 97, from every state, of diverse occupations, education and backgrounds.
Check out these anthologies that may remind you how powerful poetry can be:
100 essential modern poems / selected and introduced by Joseph Parisi
Americans' favorite poems : the Favorite Poem Project anthology / edited by Robert Pinsky and Maggie Dietz
Essential pleasures : a new anthology of poems to read aloud /edited by Robert Pinsky
Good poems / selected and introduced by Garrison Keillor
Staying alive : real poems for unreal times / edited by Neil Astley
Ten poems to change your life again and again / edited by Roger Housden
Ten poems to set you free / edited by Roger Housden