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April is National Poetry Month: how will you celebrate?

Every year The Academy of American Poets encourages all of us to join in celebrating National Poetry Month, where during the entire month of April people from all over remember our great poets. With hundreds of different ways to participate, even if it’s just watching Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society, there is much to be celebrated during National Poetry Month.

Since 1996 National Poetry Month has been an official “thing.” After coordinating with booksellers, librarians, and teachers, they chose April, as it seemed like the perfect time of the year to encourage the art of poetry (and who doesn’t find springtime poetic?). Other suggestions of how to celebrate are organizing a poetry reading, reciting a poem for family and friends, integrating poetry with technology, and writing a letter to a known poet.

We’ve already started digging out our old William Carlos Williams books and chose our poem for Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 26th. How will you celebrate this year? Who is your favorite poet?

Here is some Walt Whitman to get you excited:

“A Noiseless Patient Spider”

A noiseless, patient spider,
I mark’d, where, on a little promontory, it stood, isolated;
Mark’d how, to explore the vacant, vast surrounding,
It launch’d forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself;
Ever unreeling them—ever tirelessly speeding them.

And you, O my Soul, where you stand,
Surrounded, surrounded, in measureless oceans of space,
Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing,—seeking the spheres, to connect them;
Till the bridge you will need, be form’d—till the ductile anchor hold;
Till the gossamer thread you fling, catch somewhere, O my Soul. 

(source:; photo via Worchester Literary Festival)


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