Friday, April 07, 2006

April is Poetry Month

April is Poetry Month

Celebrate National Poetry Month - Read a Poem by Your Favorite Author.

As the Academy of American Poets say on their website National Poetry Month was
"[i]naugurated by the Academy in April 1996, National Poetry Month (NPM) brings together publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools, and poets around the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events."

Young Hilda Conkling's definition of poems is very apt:

Poems come like boats
With sails for wings;
Crossing the sky swiftly
They slip under tall bridges of cloud
(Poems by a Little Girl, 1920)

You can find out more about poets and poems at:

The Academy of American Poets

The Poetry Foundation

The librarians in the Westchester Library System have put together a page
with all kinds of information about poetry at:

WLS Poetry

The month of April is also celebrated as:

National Autism Awareness Month
Jazz Appreciations Month
Alcohol Awareness Month
Appreciate Diversity Month
Cancer Control Month
Child Abuse Prevention Month
Couple Appreciation Month
Donate Life Month
Fresh Florida Tomato Month
Grange Month
Holy Humor Month
Informed Woman Month
Injury Prevention Month
International Customer Loyalty Month

and last, but not least,
International Twit Award Month
International Daffynitions Month

The above list was obtained from Chase's Calender of Events 2006 (McGraw-Hill), which is available in the reference section of the library at Dewey Decimal number 394.2 C.