For the past 22 years, the month of April has been designated as National Poetry Month. The Academy of American Poets reports:
Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.Are you one of those people who struggled through high school's focus on metaphor and theme and all the other things that tend to turn one away from poetry? Let me tell you, poetry is not necessarily something you have to study, but rather, it is something you can actually enjoy! It can speak to you when times are rough. Or, it will make you appreciate the beauty of our language.
Take a look for one of these during National Poetry Month to see what I mean:
Alexander, Kwame. The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life. [J 796.323 ALE] With a helping of poetry on the side!
Baseball Haiku: American and Japanese Haiku and Senryu on Baseball. [811.041 BAS] You'll find reading haiku is like eating peanuts at the ballpark—start with one, and before you know it you've eaten/read them all!
Charyn, Jerome. A Loaded Gun: Emily Dickinson for the 21st Century. [B DIC] What surprising lives some poets lived!
Harris, Chris. I'm Just No Good at Rhyming and Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups. [J 811.6 HAR] This book lives up to its title—it's full of word-play and nonsense!
Hinds, Gareth. Poe: Stories and Poems: A Graphic Novel Adaptation. [YA CX HIN] Poe's work is illustrated in comic format. What's not to like about that?
Raczka, Bob. Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems. [J 811.6 RAC] See what shape poetry can take—literally!
Head over to My Juicy Little Universe where Heidi is hosting the Poetry Friday Round-Up. Happy almost-April!