April Is National Poetry Month
National Poetry Month was created by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Since poetry is such an integral part of our culture, they wanted to bring awareness on a national level in order to expose a wider audience to this form of art. Poems come in many shapes, sizes, forms, and topics written by a wide variety of individuals. There is sure to be a favorite poet waiting for you to be discovered, so start here!
Roses are Red, Violets are...
Of course you have heard this widely overused poem a hundred times. Break away from the monotonous and repetitive poems that may have left you less than interested in the wonderful art of poetry. To celebrate the month, read these select titles for teens from our catalog that will have you more engaged and fascinated than "blue violets."
- Poetry Speaks: Who I Am by Elise Paschen
- The Pain Tree, and Other Teenage Angst-Ridden Poetry by Esther Pearl Watson & Mark Todd
- The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe
- Poems from Homeroom: A Writer's Place to Start by Kathi Appelt
Explore Your Inner Poet
Yes, even you have an inner poet! Poetry does not have to be structured like sonnets or have to rhyme, they can be free flowing expressions of our thoughts, dreams, and wishes. First try these awesome writing exercises to get your creative juices flowing. Also, be sure to check out this book in our catalog by Paul B. Janeczko called How to Write Poetry. There is great instruction and guidelines for a budding young poet to get his or her feet wet in the art.
Jacqui Grande is an aide for Atherton Library. One of her all time favorite poems is The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe.