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Discover and Rejoice in Great American Poets!

Image of Robert Frost Poems Book Cover and his photograph.
Image of Robert Frost Poems Book Cover and his photograph.

April is National Poetry Month and the perfect time to enjoy great poetic works! That’s why we’re sharing some wonderful poetry titles with Bookshare members today to discover and rejoice in the art of poetry.

Inaugurated in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, this celebration of words and verse encourages educators, publishers, librarians, and people of all walks of life to share the love of poetry.

"Failing to fetch me at first keep encouraged, Missing me one place search another, I stop somewhere waiting for you." Walt Whitman
“Failing to fetch me at first keep encouraged, Missing me one place search another, I stop somewhere waiting for you.” Walt Whitman

In this blog, you’ll read about bestselling modern-day poems. You can peruse all-time favorite collections by great American masters. You’ll find a fun poem and a Pulitzer Prize-winner.  You may even decide to write an original poem or take the entire family to a poetry festival.  You can even download a beautiful poster!

Any way you celebrate National Poetry Month, we hope these titles will inspire you to read poetry and share your favorites by commenting on this blog or joining us on Facebook.  Later in April, we’re also planning some fun with poetry for our social media channels.  We hope you’re staying connected with us!

Image of the words Poetry Corner with a quill and ink bottle.
Words Poetry Corner with feather quill and ink bottle.

Happy poetry reading and writing to all!

 

Dog Songs by Mary Oliver

The bestselling poet celebrates her beloved companions in this joyous and profound collection of new and favorite poems.

The Poetry of Robert Frost

A collection of 300 poems by a great master of American poetry.

Thrall by Natasha Trethewey

The current Poet Laureate weaves together a complex mixture of family and cultural history, in this exploration of what it means to be an American.

The Trouble With Poetry by Billy Collins

In light, playful language, Collins makes the everyday world dazzling.

The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni

This collection, spanning thirty tumultuous years, confirms Giovanni’s standing as one of the most luminous voices in America’s poetic landscape.

The Wild Iris by Louise Gluck

These Pulitzer Prize-winning poems encompass the natural, human, and spiritual realms and celebrate the ordeal of being alive.

Paterson by William Carlos Williams

Paterson is both a place and a person—the New Jersey city in which the person (the poet himself) and the region (the history and people) come together, in a majestic affirmation of life and imagination.

Word of Mouth: Poems Featured on NPR’s All Things Considered

Poster of Poet Warriors Poster that reads...Poet warriors are working to inform the national dialogue by sharing stories that speak truths about universal topics.
You Poster that reads…Poet warriors are working to inform the national dialogue by sharing stories that speak truths about universal topics.

P.S. If you haven’t heard of the Poet Warriors Project, check it out. Poets everywhere are writing about real-life events and stories to spark a national dialogue.

P.S.S. Educators…do you know about Poetry 180? This project collected poems for high school students to read or hear on every day of the school year.  Bookshare has the anthology of these poems.

 

 

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