It’s Spring & National Poetry Month!

April is here, spring is in the air and that means many things…wildflowers blooming, warm sunny days, new life everywhere.  What a perfect month to celebrate poetry!  On Poets.org website you can find a new poem each day this month, or follow Twitter as they post a new poem each day. 

Poets.org explains, “National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern. We hope to increase the visibility and availability of poetry in popular culture.” 

You will find a world of  poetry in your library, and most will be found in the 811 Dewey range.  Visit with your favorite poet this month, or discover a new one!

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Spoken Arts Poetry Collection, Volume II [Electronic downloadable audio books] : 100 modern American poets reading their poems.

Poems are read by their authors,  and there is also a brief biography and introduction to their work.  This volume includes works from  Yvor Winters, Oscar Williams, Langston Hughes, Theodore Spencer, Ogden Nash, Countee Cullen, Merrill Moore, John Holmes, Richard Eberhart, Robert Lowell and more.

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Poetry in Person : Twenty-five Years of Conversation with America’s Poets / edited by Alexander Neubauer

A collection of newly discovered literary conversations with poets as recorded at the New School by legendary teacher Pearl London, includes discussions with writers and a selection of poetry drafts.  Baker & Taylor

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Poetry Speaks Who I Am / editor, Elise Paschen

From the creators of the New York Times best-sellers Poetry Speaks and Poetry Speaks to Children comes a collection filled with more than 100 remarkable selections from a wide variety of poets in an anthology featuring both classic and contemporary works. Also includes an audio CD showcasing poets reading their own work.  Baker & Taylor

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Stage a Poetry Slam : Creating Performance Poetry Events / Marc Kelly Smith with Joe Kraynak

A comprehensive guide for both budding and seasoned Slammasters – people in charge of organizing and promoting poetry slams and spoken word events.  Marc Kelly Smith, grand founder of the Slam movement and host of the original Uptown Poetry Slam, the one that started them all, takes you back stage to reveal the techniques and strategies he’s crafted over his 20 years plus of developing world-class Slam shows.  Sourcebooks Inc.

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