April 11, 2011

April: National Poetry Month


I just learned April is National Poetry Month and this is really fitting because today I requested a copy of my favorite book of poems via the free swap feature on goodreads.com.

If you aren’t familiar with goodreads, you should check it out. It’s a wonderful site to keep track of what great book you happen to be reading or what you would like to read next. There’s also a way to make a wish list and if anything on your list becomes available, you can have it for free if you pay the sender’s postage.

My favorite poems in this book are in the section “Poems that Tell a Story.” I used to spend lots of time at my grandparents’ house, reading their copy of the book over and over, acting the poems out and illustrating them in little notebooks and journals.

The book was published in 1936 and includes over 575 poems…there is definitely a verse for any occasion that might arise. Poems are one of those things people seem to be intimidated by, especially when they don’t rhyme (gasp!), but this volume is a wonderful collection and a neat slice of history.


For more lovely stanzas and verses, hop over to Deep South Magazine to see a list of poetry in celebration of this month. Do you have a favorite poem or two? I’d love to know what they are!