April is National Poetry Month

Poetry often gets a bad rap (and rap is often bad poetry…hmm…). Many people complain that poetry is difficult to read, too personal, or simply uneventful. If you find yourself agreeing, maybe it’s time to give poetry another chance.

This month is National Poetry Month. My challenge to you this month is to read a book of poetry, written by a classic poet or a one you’ve never even heard of. Better yet, read one of each! TFPL has a great selection of poets and anthologies to get you started. We’ve even got a few books that will help you understand how to read poetry.

If you’re extra-daring, try writing a poem or two. Even if you haven’t written a poem since you were an angsty, lovelorn teenager, expressing yourself through a poem might just be uplifting. I’ll start; here’s my haiku (pardon the pun in advance – I couldn’t help myself):

Readers touching books

As if they’re fresh fruit, hoping

To find the ripe one.

Have fun!


The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing Poetry by Nikki Moustaki

The Discovery of Poetry: A Field Guide to Reading and Writing Poems by Frances Mayes

How to Interpret Poetry by Laurie Rozakis

How to Read a Poem: And Fall in Love with Poetry by Edward Hirsch

The Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry by Kim Addonizio



Poetry at the Library of Congress

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