Celebrate National Poetry Month, an annual observance started by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Read some poetry, write some, and give poems away (especially on April 30th, aka Poem In Your Pocket Day).
Where, oh where, can one find poetry?!
- Poets.org (Academy of American Poets web site)
- The Library of Congress’s Poetry page
- The Poetry Foundation‘s web site.
- Poems Out Loud: Celebrating National Poetry Month with Robert Plinsky (former Poet Laureate)
- Search the Library Catalog for your favorite poet, or for collections of poetry. A subject keyword search for poetry collections would find titles such as Poet’s choice: poems for everyday life (3rd-floor Main Collection, PN1016 .H37 1998), A book of luminous things: an international anthology of poetry (3rd-floor Main Collection, PN6101 .B585 1996), and Beneath the wide wide heaven: poetry of the environment, from antiquity to the present (3rd-floor Main Collection, PN6110.N2 B4 1991).
- A catalog search for “children’s poetry” would find titles such as Animal crackers: a delectable collection of pictures, poems, and lullabies for the very young (2nd-floor Oversize Easy Books, E Ani) and Hip hop speaks to children: a celebration of poetry with a beat (2nd-floor Juvenile Non-Fiction, 811.008 Hip). You can use the Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database to find titles, and then search for them in the Library Catalog to see if they are available at UWW. For example, on the right side you can limit to “Genre” poetry and then select a grade level. I tried it with grade 5 and found among the titles listed A world of wonders : geographic travels in verse and rhyme, which is available here (2nd-floor Oversize Juvenile Nonfiction, 811.54 Lew).
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