Monday, April 7, 2014


It’s National Poetry Month! Every April the Academy of American Poets proclaims this the time to celebrate the poetry of the United States and its vital place in American culture. The Academy website has a wonderful list of ways to celebrate:

Let’s start our celebration by finding some poetry books on the shelves at the Monrovia Public Library.  Ask a librarian to show you the poetry section. There is pleasure and comfort to be found in reading and reciting poetry. There is a long list of American poets. Whom do you like?    Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Gertrude Stein (A rose is a rose is a rose), Robert Frost, Nikki Giovanni, Allen Ginsberg or ?
To get in the mood, stop and read a poem by Emily Dickinson

This is My Letter to the World
This is my letter to the world,
That never wrote to me,--
The simple news that Nature told,
With tender majesty.
Her message is committed
To hands I cannot see;
For love of her, sweet countrymen,
Judge tenderly of me!

So after you have picked up some poetry books, what special things can you do? 
Revisit an old favorite poem.
Memorize a poem.
Read a poem to your family or friends. 
Ask the members of your book group to bring a poem to the next meeting.
Listen to poems on your CD player or electronic device the next time you commute.
Send a poem to a friend and use an American poet stamp for postage
Place a favorite poem on your Facebook page.

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