April is National Poetry Month! Founded in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world, bringing poetry into classrooms, the media, and to readers.
How will you celebrate National Poetry Month? Check out some poems! Some recent poetry books include the children's books Daniel Finds a Poem and Wet Cement. Poetry isn't just for kids, though, with The Breakbeat Poets collecting works from the age of hip-hop, and the new posthumous collection from Allen Ginsberg, Wait Till I'm Dead. For more classic anthologies, try 100 Great Poems of the Twentieth Century, The Best Loved Poems of the American People, or Poems That Make Grown Men Cry.
Find even more poetry on the nonfiction shelves of your library: anthologies are at 808.81, collections by American poets at 811, and British poets at 821. Or pick up some books on how to write your own poems.
You can also find resources through our website, without leaving home. Zinio, our magazine database, features Poets & Writers Magazine and The American Poetry Review. Check out as many issues as you want and keep them as long as you like - there are no due dates! Sign up for a free Zinio library account with your library card. (If you've used IndieFlix, it's the same login.)