Monday, April 11, 2011

April = National Poetry Month

Thursday is National Poem in Your Pocket Day. has several ideas for incorporating a little poetry in your daily life, from texting to discounts.

Poetry can also be a spoken art form.  The BBC asked actors, and even Prince Charles!, to record Robert Burns' poems for our enjoyment.  A variety of poets and volunteers have recordings at The Favorite Poem Project, where you, too, can submit your own recording of your favorite poem.

The blog, Book Browse, has a variety of poetry anthologies that might catch your eye.  Here at Ruidoso Public Library, we have several anthologies of classic poets, such as Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and Maya Angelou.  We also have a few newer works on Poetry Slams, or the intense books by Ellen Hopkins.  Ms Hopkins is an author/adopted mother of a daughter who experimented with methamphetamines.  The free form poetry in those books reflects the craziness of drugs and life.

Please share your favorite poems below.  Mine: The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes

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