National Poetry Month was started by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. This month long celebration promotes reading, writing and the distribution of poetry. This genre can often seem intimidating. Many readers feel they need a higher understanding of meter, rhyme or imagery to enjoy a good poem. Nothing could be further from the truth. Just as wonderful music can be enjoyed by a listener with no understanding of music theory, reading poetry can be a moving experience for any reader regardless of background.
There are a multitude of ways to participate in National Poetry Month. Try reading a book of poetry or start with a single poem. Memorize your favorite verse, ask your friends if they have a favorite poet or poem. Print out a copy of your favorite poem and carry it around in your pocket for a day. Have fun!
The Prairie State College Library has a Poetry Display to help readers delve into the exciting world of poetry. Here are a few highlights: