Thursday, April 18, 2013

April Is National Poetry Month!

National Poetry MonthThe Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System wants to encourage all of our patrons to celebrate National Poetry Month this April!
"Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month 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."       ~ The Academy of American Poets
Poetry can be a powerful and fun way to express any kind of thought or emotion, so now is the perfect time to try your hand at writing your own. And the best part is, anyone can do it! Word-lovers of all ages can enjoy writing and reading poetry, so why not get the whole family together for your own special poetry night? Or check out this list of 30 Ways to Celebrate and find a new and creative way to participate. Of course if you prefer to leave it up to the professionals, we can help you with that too. Our libraries are filled with books and audiobooks of poetry and poets for you to check out and enjoy. Search the catalog or just come in and browse the poetry section. Here are a few suggested titles to inspire you!

  • Writing Poetry: Where Poems Come From and How to Write Them by David Kirby
  • The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats by William Butler Yeats
  • Behold the Bold Umbrellephant and Other Poems by Jack Prelutsky
  • New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
  • The Maya Angelou Poetry Collection by Maya Angelou
  • The Kingfisher Book of Funny Poems by Roger McGough
  • Native Guard by Natasha Trethewey (Our current Poet Laureate!)

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