Billy Collins, U. S. Poet Laureate and the “most popular poet in America,” according to New York Times columnist Bruce Weber, wrote: “I’m a great believer in poetry out of the classroom, in public places, on subways, trains, on cocktail napkins. I’d rather have my poems on the subway than around the seminar table at an MFA program.” His argument that poetry is everywhere and that it is accessible to everyone is one of the reasons this literary form will always be an integral part of our lives and culture. April marks the 26th anniversary of National Poetry Month, a celebration and commemoration launched by the American Academy of Poets in 1996. Since then, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world, with millions of fans - and poets - marking the essential place of poetry in our lives. Click here for thirty ways to celebrate National Poetry Month. And, check out some of the new titles below or make your own choices; joy awaits you.
“Poetry is the lifeblood of rebellion, revolution, and the raising of consciousness.” Alice Walker
"Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words." Edgar Allan Poe