Tuesday, April 04, 2006

National Poetry Month, too.

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Not only is this week National Library Week, the entire month of April is National Poetry Month.

Commemorative poster for National Poetry Month, April 2006

Some ways to recognize National Poetry Month:

1. Read the Poet's Choice column from the Washington Post. Every week, Robert Pinsky, who served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (sometimes informally referred to as Poet Laureate of the U.S.) from 1997 to 2000, selects a poem for analysis. You can track updates through the linkroll on The Style Page > Bookstand > Books. The 10th anniversary of Poet's Choice will be marked in the April 16 issue of Washington Post's Book World supplement.

2. Subscribe to the American Academy of Poets's Poem-a-Day service, in which you will receive a new poem in your inbox everyday.

3. Listen to audio from The Poetry Archive, which features readings of poems by their authors, both those who are living and those who have passed on. Readings by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (died 1892) and Robert Browning (died 1889) are featured.

4. Has a poem affected you in a certain way? Are there some lines which have been a source of comfort or solace to you? Find out what poems mean to others through the Favorite Poem Project, founded by Robert Pinsky, and Life Lines, from Poets.org. Also listen to the poem beginning "Death, thy servant is at my door" by the Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore, as read by singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash, who lost her mother, her father Johnny Cash, and her stepmother June Carter Cash in the same year (you will need to browse or search the page for "Her Favorite Prayer").

Links to Poets.org, The Poetry Archive, and Favorite Poem Project may be found through The Style Page > Bookstand > Books

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