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Read a Poem Today! April 1, 2008

Posted by bookgoddess in Books, Literature, Public libraries, Reading, West Palm Beach Public Library.
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April is National Poetry Month!  Let me confess that I don’t read much poetry on a daily basis.  But I read quite a lot in college and graduate school, and even memorized some.  Lines of poetry come back to me at times, mostly the English Romantics, and the words conjure up a special feeling.

I’ve noticed that there are two times when people tend to seek poetry out – when they are in love, or when someone dies.  This says to me that poetry does speak to something deep in the human spirit, and says things in a way that nothing else can.

But it isn’t necessary to fall in love or have a great loss to come under poetry’s spell.  If you think reading some poetry might be a good thing, here are a few suggestions:

You could subscribe to the Poem-a-Day program of the publisher, Alfred A. Knopf.  You will receive a daily e-mail during the month of April.  Most of the poems are modern and I think you will find them readable and thought-provoking.

You can also visit the Poetry 180 website of the Library of Congress.  These poems were chosen to appeal to high school students, but should be of interest to adults as well.  The ones I read were accessible and gave us a new way of looking at everyday life.

Or – you could check a poetry book out of the library!  Maybe you remember liking Emily Dickinson or Langston Hughes in school, and you could read more of these great poets. 

We also have some wonderful anthologies for you to dip into.  One of these is called, not surprisingly, A Poem a Day, edited by Karen McCosker & Nicholas.  Here you get a poem for each day of the year.  These are poems that have stood the test of time and appealed to a wide range of people.  It’s an excellent choice.

And maybe you could even consider writing a poem yourself.  You never know until you try.

Happy Poetry Reading!


The Book Goddess


1. poetryman69 - April 2, 2008


written in widening waves on the surface of a once still pool

something lurking beneath the muddy green waters took a sneak peak at the air or the land or a bug

and quick as flash sank again into the darkness before a bird of prey could see

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