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6 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month

Posted about 1 month ago by Jan C

Posted in Fiction, Literature, Poetry & Graphic Novels, Programs and Teen | Tagged with National Poetry Month, podcasts, poetry readings and Poetry Speaks

If you missed last week’s hands-down fabulous Poetry Speaks featuring Kevin Coval and Frsh - don't worry - there’s still time to celebrate National Poetry Month.

6 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month

1. Join us for a Poetry Event

Let's All Die Happy by Erin Adair-Hodges

Poetry Speaks featuring Erin Adair-Hodges

Wednesday, April 25 | 6:30 p.m. | Main Library

Poetry Speaks welcomes visiting assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Toledo, Erin Adair-Hodges. Her recent book, "Let's All Die Happy" won the 2016 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize.

She will be joined by Jim Ferris, the current Lucas County Poet Laureate, Joel Lipman, Lucas County Poet Laureate 2008-2013, and the participants of Main Library's Poetry Speaks performance workshop.

We are a community of poets. All are welcome.

This event is free. No registration required.


2. Find Poetic Inspiration with These Poetry Books From the Library

Black girl magic : a poem by Mahogany L. Browne
Planting gardens in graves by R.H. Sin
All the bayou stories end with drowned : poems by Erica Wright
Voices in the air : poems for listeners by Naomi Shihab Nye
Extra hidden life, among the days by Brenda Hillman
The cataracts by Raymond McDaniel

3. Find Out What's Hot in Poetry This Year

Five Essential Poetry Titles: Poetry Previews, April 2018 - Library Journal

Must-Read Poetry: April 2018 - The Millions

The 19 Best Poetry Books to Read This Year - Signature Reads


4. Read These Great Poetry-Related Articles

Can Poetry Change Your Life? - The New Yorker

How to Read a Poem: A Poetry Primer for the Uninitiated - Poetry Foundation

Researchers Investigate What Makes a Poem Popular - Smithsonian

Understanding Poetry Is More Straightforward Than You Think - The New York Times Book Review

Why Teaching Poetry Is So Important - The Atlantic


5. Listen to These Podcasts From Poetry Foundation

Robert Pinsky: Essential American Poets - Essential American Poets series
Recordings of former poet laureate Robert Pinsky, with an introduction to his life and work.

A Change of World, Episode 1: The Wilderness - Poetry Off the Shelf series
The first episode in a special series on the women’s movement.

The Thin Man Goes Home - Poetry Now series
Kit Robinson describes a walk home on a summer night as a cinematic experience.


6. Watch These Videos from Poetry Foundation

Using simple, illuminative paper-cut puppetry, this enchanting video imagines the moment of witness that inspired Gwendolyn Brooks to write her landmark poem, “We Real Cool.”


Created in partnership with Motionpoems, this film adaptation of Naomi Shihab Nye's "Famous" meditates on the human desire to be seen and the individualized ways in which we define recognition.


Kevin Young, “Negative” from Most Way Home.


For more information about Poetry events taking place at the Library during National Poetry Month - check out this blog post:

3 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month

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