Thursday, April 3, 2008

April is National Poetry Month

In honor of National Poetry Month (April), check out the following free resources available at your library and online.

Resources from the Library
If you're looking for resources at the library, check out our resources under the subject headings poetry and poets or simply browse through the 800s (Literature), particularly the section 808.1. For children, there are hundreds of titles that will help introduce the younger set to the joys of poetry.

A quick search on poetry will bring up thousands of titles for adults, teens and children, as well as book talks and recommended reading.

Contemporary Literary Criticism via Find It Virginia
Search the subject guide for poetry for critical essays on contemporary poets and authors.

Find literary criticism resources, primary sources, biographies and reviews on specific poets, poems and/or types of poetry.

Log in with your library card and under Subject Reference, click on Literature. There you'll find The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Poetry in English, "the most comprehensive guide to modern poetry in English. Celebrated poets offer intriguing views on their fellow poets, such as Tom Paulin on Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney on Robert Lowell, and Anne Stevenson on Sylvia Plath. 1,500 poets are covered from W.H. Auden to Benjamin Zephaniah. There is worldwide coverage, including America, Britain and Ireland, New Zealand, Trinidad and Zimbabwe. There are also entries on magazines, movements, and critical terms."

Resources on the Web
The host of this site, the Academy of American Poets, administers a wide variety of programs, including National Poetry Month (April), the largest literary celebration in the world; online educational resources providing free poetry lesson plans for high school teachers; and the Poetry Audio Archive, a collection of over 700 recordings dating back to the 1960s. The Poets.org website provides a wealth of content on contemporary American poetry. New, for 2008, the Academy is celebrating Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 17. To celebrate, simply select a poem you love during National Poetry Month then carry it with you to share with co-workers, family, and friends on April 17. Beginning in April, the site will also send one new poem to your inbox each day to celebrate National Poetry Month. The poems have been selected from new books published this spring. To sign up for this service, though, you need to register (it's free) with the site.

Publisher of Poetry magazine, the Poetry Foundation "works to raise poetry to a more visible and influential position in American culture." Use their Poetry Tool to look up poems by poet, category, occassion, title, first line or by glossary term. Listen to the poem of the day, peruse the reading guides and check out the poetry programs for children (recommended reads, activities and tips on introducing poetry to children).