In April 1996, the Academy of American Poets established April as "National Poetry Month." The goals of "National Poetry Month" include increasing the attention paid to poetry and poets, by both individuals and the media; to cultivate our rich poetic heritage; and to publicize books of poetry and magazines devoted to the art. In short, "National Poetry Month" hopes to increase the visibility of poetry in our American culture.
"National Poetry Month" brings many diverse lovers of poetry together: booksellers, publishers, literary organizations, libraries, schools, non-profit organizations, and of course, poets, themselves. There are many activities connected with "National Poetry Month," including readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and many other events.
"National Poetry Month" has become wildly successful. It has grown and grown over the years to become the largest literary celebration in the world.
Poetry has been described as "painting with words." It can often express what we had thought to be inexpressible. It can rouse us to action or comfort us with its solace. Why not take the month of April to explore the beauty and majesty that is poetry?
You can learn more by visiting poets.org. Block off some time in April to do so now.