Thursday, April 1, 2010

April is National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern. We hope to increase the visibility and availability of poetry in popular culture while acknowledging and celebrating poetry’s ability to sustain itself in the many places where it is practiced and appreciated.

There are many ways you can participate in National Poetry Month, including:

* Receive a Poem a Day in your inbox. Beginning April 1, emails a new poem to your inbox each day to celebrate National Poetry Month. The poems have been selected from new books published in the spring. Sign up>

* April 29th is Poem in Your Pocket Day. Simply select a poem you love during National Poetry Month, then carry it with you to share with co-workers, family, and friends.

* Take part in one of the many Poetry Month events happening in Connecticut! View Calendar>

You can visit for more information and ideas about National Poetry Month, or go to the Sleeping Giant Poets Guild web site for information on the poetry scene in Hamden. And don't forget to stop by the library and check out one of our many poetry books!

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