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April is National Poetry Month

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Inaugurated in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month is celebrated every April and is the largest literary celebration in the world! The aim is to:

  • highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets,
  • encourage the reading of poems,
  • assist teachers in bringing poetry into their classrooms,
  • increase the attention paid to poetry by national and local media,
  • encourage increased publication and distribution of poetry books, and
  • encourage support for poets and poetry.

Free verse, haiku, hymn or sonnet…there’s lots to enjoy! Take part in National Poetry Month by signing up for a poem-a-day or poem in your pocket day.  Looking for some new poetry to enjoy? Here are 60 Poets You Could Be Reading or 14 Classics.

 

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