A word, a phrase, a month of days… for celebrating poetry!
National Poetry Month was created in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets to celebrate and promote the study and teaching of poems. Although not designed to restrict the observance to one month a year, the intention was to have a time to focus promotional efforts.
Here at Warner Memorial Library we will be having some fun events in the library as well as on our social media- so stay tuned to celebrate with us! This April, we want to celebrate poetry in all its forms- traditional verse, prose, haiku, sonnet, limerick- and more abstract types such as lyric and blackout poetry!
Looking for Digital Library Resources?
- Killing Poetry: Blackness and the Making of Slam and Spoken Word Communities by Javon Johnson
- Explore Poetry! : With 25 Great Projects by Andi Diehn and Bryan Stone
- All Poets Welcome: The Lower East Side Poetry Scene in the 1960s by Daniel Kane
- The Social Lives of Poems in Nineteenth-Century America by Michael C. Cohen
- A Place for Humility: Whitman, Dickinson, and the Natural World by Christine Gerhardt
- Making Sense of Complex Poetry from Teaching Channel Video Library
- Royal Shakespeare Company Workshop: Speaking Shakespearean Verse and Gang Of Souls: A Generation of Beat Poets from Academic Video Online
Browsing the Library
Tips for Browsing the Stacks
Most resources on poetry can be found under the letter “P” for language and literature. This classification is organized by the language in which works are written and the country of origin of the author. Most of the books that we have at Warner Library will be under PR for English literature and PS for American literature. Throughout each section, there will be ranges for poetry based on time period, geography, and anthologies. For resources on poetry, those will be classified as PN for general literature. Works about theory, writing styles, and history, will be found under PN1010-1525.
Selections from the Juvenile Collection
- The Space Between Our Footsteps: Poems and Paintings From the Middle East
- Mirror Mirror: A Book Of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer
- My America: A Poetry Atlas of the United States edited by Lee Bennet Hopkins
- Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems & Drawings of Shel Silverstein by Shel Silverstein
- A Movie in My Pillow: Poems by Jorge Argueta
Selections from the Social Justice Collection
- The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander
- Postcolonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz
- A Life Distilled: Gwendolyn Brooks, Her Poetry and Fiction edited by Maria K. Mootry and Gary Smith
- Bid The Vassal Soar; Interpretive Essays on the Life and Poetry of Phillis Wheatley and George Moses Horton By M. A. Richmond
- Langston’s Train Ride by Robert Burleigh
- Maya Angelou, And Still I Rise (2017)
- A Quiet Passion (2017)
- Dead Poets Society (1998)
Resources from the Web
In Need of Some Primary Sources?
- Poetry and Primary Sources from Teaching with the Library of Congress
- Primary Source Set: The Poetry of Maya Angelou from PBS
- Lesson Plans Featuring Primary Sources from poets.org
- Check out the Dickinson Electronic Archive , a collaborative scholarly project
- Explore the Walt Whitman Archive
- Video documentaries from the The Favorite Poem Project
- American Life in Poetry – a free weekly column for newspapers and online publications featuring a poem by a contemporary American poet
- View digitized books of poetry from before 1920 at the American Verse Project
- Check out this poetry resource page from the National Council of Teachers of English Even more resources from the Poetry Society of America