April is National Poetry Month. Started by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, it was created to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry. National Poetry Month has also been celebrated every April in Canada since 1998, this year marking the 23rd annual Poetry Month in Canada. It is a time to read poetry, think about it, and maybe even write your own! The theme of this years’ celebration is “Resilience”, with the League of Canadian Poets stating: “we celebrate, reflect on and respect the resilience that has made us who we are.”
|Poetry||John Strachan and Terry Richard||Link|
|Forms of Poetic Attention||Lucy Alford||Link|
|Lyric Cousins: Poetry and Musical Form||Fiona Sampson||Link|
|Everything That Can Happen: Poems About the Future||Suzannah Evans and Tom Sastry||Link|
|Next Line, Please: Prompts to Inspire Poets and Writers||Angela Ball and David Lehman||Link|
Academy of American Poets – The organization that started National Poetry Month and has resources of ways to celebrate at home.
League of Canadian Poets – A Canadian poetry organization, whose site includes information on National Poetry Month as well as online resources.
VPL: Indigenous Poetry – List by Vancouver Public Library Staff of poetry books by Indigenous authors of Canada and the United States.
22 Canadian poetry books to read to celebrate National Poetry Month (2020) – A list published in 2020 by CBC of books by Canadian poets.
Forbes Article: 5 Poets Share Their National Poetry Month Book Recommendations And Writing Advice – An article with brief interviews of poets where they discuss their poetry book recommendations and give writing advice.
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