April 2009: National Poetry Month

April is the perfect time for National Poetry Month. Springtime brings thoughts of romance, beauty and love of life. Celebrate this month by reading a poem, writing poetry or reading a biography of your favorite poet. Whatever you choose to do, celebrate life by doing the things you love: feel the wind in your face, take a walk in the rain, walk barefoot in the grass, look closely at the small things in nature that often go unnoticed, breathe in the scent of a flower. The poetry will flow beautifully, rhythmically and naturally. You'll be surprised at what you'll discover through poetry! You may be inspired to try your hand at writing some poetry of your own.

Take a look at the following library resources for more ideas:

Poetry Books

Children's Poetry Materials

Adult Poetry Materials

Try some of the following ideas to help celebrate:

Please take the challenge this month and write a poem. Take a poem along with you to read.

Sign up for the poem-a-day e-mails. During National Poetry Month, Poets.org will send one new poem to your inbox each day.

Take a look at 30 ways to celebrate National Poetry Month (Ideas from Poets.org)

Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day by downloading and printing one of the following poems to share with others on April 30, 2009 (pdf format)

These poems are courtesy of Poets.org (Poems for Your Pocket Page)

El Dorado

I'm Nobody, Who Are You?

From You Have I Been Absent In The Spring

The Lockless Door

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We look forward to see you! Send us your poetry and ideas. Now, what are you waiting for?