Ever wonder why “‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers”? Or who advised to “gather ye rosebuds while ye may”? Spend some time reading poetry, and you might be able to answer those questions!
April is a great time to get into poetry again, since it’s also National Poetry Month. If you haven’t read a poem since high school English class, no need to worry, Washington County Library has resources – book lists, magazines, databases, and more – to help you dip your toes into the poetry pool again.
If you’re not quite sure where to start with poetry, we have an array of poetry books you can check out, along with several lists of great poetry books for kids and adults that have been put together by our librarians.
At Hardwood Creek Library, you can try creating a poem of your own, either blackout poetry (poems made by the words left behind on a page) or book spine poetry (that seems self-explanatory).
If you’re hoping to dig deeper into a famous poem, or learn more about a favorite poet, we recommend checking out one of our online databases, LitFinder. When you login to LitFinder using your library card, you can search full-text poems, stories, essays, speeches and plays with biographies and images. LitFinder covers works from all time periods and genres all around the world, so if you know what you’re looking for you should be able to find it.
There are also many great resources and celebrations happening outside of the library. Here are a couple of our favorites:
Poem a Day – If you’d rather get a poem every day in your e-mail, Poets.org offers a free digital poetry series. Each weekday, the poem comes with exclusive commentary by the poet. On weekends, they’ll include a classic poem.
Poem In Your Pocket Day – A final way to participate in National Poetry Month is to participate in Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 26. On that day, “select a poem, carry it with you, and share it with others at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, street corners, and on social media using the hashtag #pocketpoem.”