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A Plethora of Poetry Books to Celebrate National Poetry Month

Posted 03/30/21 by April S

In 1996, the Academy of American Poets designated April as National Poetry Month. What exactly is National Poetry Month? The Academy of American Poets website, poets.org, lists the following definition:

National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives every April.  

If you’re looking for a unique way to celebrate National Poetry Month, check out the winning haiku poems from the annual Ode to the Zip Code poetry contest available on the Toledo City Paper’s website. It’s a wonderful way to honor local poets in the Greater Toledo area. The contest is in its sixth year, created through a community partnership involving Adams Street Publishing, The Fair Housing Center, The Arts Commission and the Toledo Lucas County Public Library. Additional inspiration can be found at the Library where you’ll find a variety of poetry collections including recent works, anthologies and award-winners that will surely help poetry fans in our area celebrate during National Poetry Month and beyond.

New eBook Poetry Collections

Cover of Magic House on the Moon Magic House on the Moon
hoopla eBook
Cover of A Fraction of Momentary Love A Fraction of Momentary Love
hoopla eBook
Cover of I Am the Rage I Am the Rage
hoopla eBook
Cover of Sundry Sonnets Sundry Sonnets
hoopla eBook
Cover of Sorry I Haven't Texted You Back Sorry I Haven't Texted You Back
hoopla eBook
Cover of Speculate: A Collection of Microlit Speculate: A Collection of Microlit
hoopla eBook
Cover of Field Theories Field Theories
hoopla eBook
Cover of A.S. I. AM A.S. I. AM
hoopla eBook
Cover of How to Be Happy Though Human How to Be Happy Though Human
hoopla eBook

New Print Poetry Collections

Cover of Asylum: A Personal, Historical, Natural Inquiry in 103 Lyric Sections

Asylum: A Personal, Historical, Natural Inquiry in 103 Lyric Sections

Cover of The Lost Spells

The Lost Spells

Cover of Un-American

Un-American

Cover of What Kind of Woman

What Kind of Woman

Cover of Why the Black Hole Sings the Blues, Poems, 2007-2020

Why the Black Hole Sings the Blues, Poems, 2007-2020

Cover of The Girl and the Goddess

The Girl and the Goddess

Cover of Whale Day: And Other Poems

Whale Day: And Other Poems

Cover of Negotiations: Poems

Negotiations: Poems

Cover of Together in a Sudden Strangeness: America's Poets Respond to the Pandemic

Together in a Sudden Strangeness: America's Poets Respond to the Pandemic

New Poetry Books in Multiple Formats

Cover of Light for the World to See

Light for the World to See

eAudiobook
Cover of Dearly: New Poems

Dearly: New Poems

Book on CD   |   eAudiobook
Cover of Swimming Lessons: Poems

Swimming Lessons: Poems

eAudiobook
Cover of Summer Snow: New Poems

Summer Snow: New Poems

hoopla
Cover of Make Me Rain: Poems & Prose

Make Me Rain: Poems & Prose

eAudiobook   |   eBook
Cover of I Would Leave Me If I Could: A Collection of Poetry

I Would Leave Me If I Could: A Collection of Poetry

eAudiobook   |   eBook
Cover of The Selected Works of Audre Lorde

The Selected Works of Audre Lorde

eBook
Cover of Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass

Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass

eAudiobook
Cover of How to Fly (In Ten Thousand Easy Lessons)

How to Fly (In Ten Thousand Easy Lessons)

Book on CD   |   eAudiobook   |   eBook

Looking for more poetry collections?

To find the latest poetry books, use the advanced search feature in the Library catalog to limit by subject and year. For example, a subject search for “poetry” combined with “women authors” and limited by specific years (2020 to 2021) will yield very specific results. This search strategy will also eliminate hundreds of unrelated titles that would appear in a keyword only search.

To find the latest poetry books through hoopla, use the advanced search to limit by format (eBooks), release date (last 12 months) and subject (poetry).

If you’re interested in recommendations, reach out to our knowledgeable librarians in the Fact and Fiction department at the Main Library by calling 419.259.5311, or send us a message at Fact.Fiction@ToledoLibrary.org.    

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