“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found word.” Robert Frost
In 1996, the Academy of American Poets introduced National Poetry Month to increase awareness of poetry in America. Two years later, Canada also joined in the celebration. The organization’s goal is to highlight the legacies and achievements of poets, encourage the reading of poems, especially in classrooms, increase the publications and distribution of poetry books, and support poets not only during the month of April but throughout the year.
There are so many ways to join the festivities! Maybe start by reading poems by famous poets such as Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes or Shel Silverstein. Check out the poetry books your local library has in its collection. Once you find your favorite poem, you save it to use on Poem in your Pocket Day. Make a copy of your poem of choice and share it with those around you! Whether you’re at school, the library, a park, your job or anywhere in between, share the words that may have inspired you!
Another way to participate is by creating your own work of art. There are over 50 types of poetry. From acrostic, the first letter in each line spelling out a meaningful word, to sonnet, a 14-line poem with any formal rhyme scheme, there are endless possibilities to get creative!
Teens will have an opportunity to get creative at upcoming Poetry Workshops hosted by the Cinnaminson and Maple Shade branches. Read, analyze, and discuss several different types of poetry and then craft your own using prompts and peer editing. Poets of all skill levels are welcome!