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April is National Poetry Month, and this year marks the 25th annual celebration of poets and poetry. This year, you can attend Poetry & the Creative Mind online and for free on April 29 at 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time for the first time. Poetry & the Creative Mind will feature actors, dancers, artists, musicians, and public figures reading favorite poetry. Register for free here

Poem in Your Pocket Day 2021 will be on Thursday, April 29. If you are out and about on April 29, you can write down or print out a poem to carry with you throughout the day. If you’d like to get involved from home, poets.org has some great ideas for how to do so, including sharing a poem on social media using the hashtag #PocketPoem. 

If you’d like more ideas for how to celebrate National Poetry Month and Poem in Your Pocket Day this year, Poets.org has amassed a collection of 30 ways to celebrate at home or online

You can continue to celebrate poets and poetry through April and beyond by checking out poetry from Hannon Library. The selection of books below includes books that are new to Hannon Library, award winners and nominees, and books about reading poetry. 

Recommended Poetry

African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song edited by Kevin Young

Book Cover of African American Poetry 250 Years of Struggle and Song by Kevin Young

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An American Sunrise: Poems by Joy Harjo

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Ararat by Louise Glück

Book Cover of Ararat by Louise Glück

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DMZ Colony by Don Mee Choi

Book Cover of DMZ Colony by Don Mee Choi

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Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry edited by Joanne V. Gabbin and Lauren K. Alleyne; foreword by Rita Dove

Book Cover of Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry edited by Joanne V. Gabbin and Lauren K. Alleyne; foreword by Rita Dove

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How to Carry Water: Selected Poems of Lucille Clifton by Lucille Clifton

Book Cover of How to Carry Water: Selected Poems of Lucille Clifton by Lucille Clifton

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Post Colonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz

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The Seven Ages by Louise Glück

Book Cover of The Seven Ages by Louise Glück

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The Tradition by Jericho Brown

Book Cover of The Tradition By Jericho Brown

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A Treatise on Stars by Mei-mei Berssenbrugge

Book Cover of A Treatise on Stars by Mei-mei Berssenbrugge

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When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through by Joy Harjo (Editor), LeAnne Howe (Executive Associate Editor), Jennifer Elise Foerster (Associate Editor)

Book Cover of When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through by Joy Harjo (Editor), LeAnne Howe (Executive Associate Editor), Jennifer Elise Foerster (Associate Editor)

 

Books About Reading Poetry

How to Read a Poem: And Fall in Love with Poetry by Edward Hirsch

Book Cover of How to Read a Poem: And Fall in Love with Poetry by Edward Hirsch

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The Poem Is You: 60 Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them by Stephanie Burt

Book Cover of The Poem Is You: 60 Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them by Stephanie Burt

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