April 2016 Marks the 20th Anniversary of National Poetry Month
“If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved, the inquisition might have let him alone.” – Thomas Hardy
Join us as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month. Since its induction, National Poetry Month has grown to become one of the largest celebrations of literature nationwide, supported by avid poetry enthusiasts, schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets alike.
The Academy of American Poets first established National Poetry Month in 1996. Since its conception, the Academy of American Poets has enlisted a variety of government agencies and officials as well as educational leaders, publishers, sponsors, poets, and arts organizations. National Poetry Month has become a trademark of the Academy of American Poets.
“Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.” – Aristotle
So grab your favorite collection of poems and quote a line to your spouse or wrestle the kids down and read a poem aloud to them. Let’s revel in the joy of poetry this April.
Here are some suggestions—each title below received The Adrienne Bond Award for Poetry awarded by Mercer University Press.
Going Farther into the Woods than the Woods Go
By: Seaborn Jones
“The shadow of the sun crosses the desert.
The oasis is covered with land mines.
The mirages are on fire.
A veil of smoke covers the moon.”
The House Began to Pitch
By: Kelly Whiddon
By: Megan Sexton
“Glory to the half rest, to the breath between
the third and fourth beats,
the dwindling arrow of the decrescendo,
to the sunrise over Malibu, and its sleeping starlets,
the empty horizon,
the city’s great thought still looming,
to parked cars, the cold engine seconds before ignition
dreaming of the road
unwound and endless,….”
The Color of All Things: 99 Love Poems
By: Philip Lee Williams
By: Lesley Dauer
man – they run
This is subterfuge,
P.S. check out the other amazing poetry in stock MUP Poetry