National Poetry Month

A word, a phrase, a month of days… for celebrating poetry!

Wheatley, Phillis, et al. Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral. [London: Printed for A. Bell, bookseller, Aldgate and sold by Messrs. Cox and Berry … Boston, MDCCLXXIII, 1773] Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/30020911/>.

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


American Poetry Review
American Poetry Review
Poets & Writers Magazine
Poets & Writers Magazine
Parnassus: Poetry In Review
Parnassus: Poetry In Review
The Kenyon Review
The Kenyon Review


MLA Directory of Periodicals
“Data range from such information as when the publication began to languages in which the periodical’s contents are published, peer-review status, editorial personnel, sponsoring organizations, and subjects covered.”–MLA.org
JSTOR Journals
Contains full-text articles from a variety of scholarly journal back-issues from over 2,500 titles.
Gale Literature Resource Center
Find up-to-date biographies, overviews, full-text criticisms, audio interviews, and reviews on writers from all eras.
Humanities International Index
“A collection of bibliographic references to literary, scholarly and creative journals, containing over 1,000 journals from 1975 to the present published in the United States and Canada.”–EBSCOhost
Oxford Scholarship Online
Oxford Scholarship Online (OSO) provides access to over 16,000 academic eBooks from Oxford University Press (OUP) on their University Press Scholarship Online platform.


  • 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
Smith, John Stafford, and Francis Scott Key. Star Spangled Banner. Oliver Ditson, 1918. Notated Music. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, .

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.

Frances E.W. Harper, three-quarter length portrait, standing, facing front. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/97513270/>.

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?

Current Resources

Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. illustrated by Gustave Doré ; with comment by Edmund C. Stedman. The raven [New York: Harper & Brothers, 1884.] Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://read.gov/books/raven.html

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