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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.