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Origin of National Poetry Month

Launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1966, National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry. “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. The hope is 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.

Image and text from the Academy of American Poets website

Current U.S. Poet Laureate

                                             Joy Harjo

The 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, appointed by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden on June 19, 2019. She is the second Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to serve three terms. Born May 9, 1951 in Tulsa, Oklahoma she is the first Native American poet to serve in this position. To learn more click on the link above.

To find out more about previous Poets Laureate visit: Consultants and Poets Laureate

What is poetry?

"Poetry is writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative awareness of  experience in language chosen and arranged to create a specific emotional  response through meaning, sound and rhythm." (Merriam-Webster Dictionary).

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Poetic Terminology Glossary

Glossary of Poetic Terms

Handy glossary of terms and techniques used in poetry.

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