Monday, April 18, 2016

Poetry all around

April is National Poetry Month! Need some ideas for getting your poetry fix?  Read on . . .


You'll find all of the library's most recently acquired poetry books in the lovely Stimson Room on library level 6.  This welcoming space - with lots of comfy seating - also houses the most recent issues of our print literary magazines and currently features a display of books by this year's Glascock Intercollegiate Poetry Competition poet judges.


Not only can you search the Five College Libraries Catalog to find collections by your favorite poets, you can also use the Advanced form to search for all works in the genre "poetry" and discover books by writers who are new to you.

Poems are often published individually or in anthologies featuring the work of multiple poets, too. Doing an author name search on the poet of your choice in Discover Supersearch's Advanced form is a good way to find poems published in magazines.

Columbia Granger's World of Poetry is another tool you can use to find poems by a favorite poet published in anthologies.  It includes the full text of some 250,000 poems, selected commentaries on poems, biographies of leading poets, and selected essays on the history and criticism of poetry, too.

Make poems come to you

Sign up to be emailed a Poem-a-Day (text and audio) for free from, the web site of the Academy of American Poets.  Tip: double-click in the "sign up" box, then enter your email address. Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry Magazine, also offers a Poem of the Day podcast service featuring poems read by poets and actors. Both services include contemporary as well as classic poetry, so it's a neat way to learn about new poets.

Join in the fun!

April 28 is Poem in your Pocket Day where you select a poem, put it in your pocket, carry it with you and share it with others you meet during the day. Tweet your poem, too, with hashtag #pocketpoem. You can download poems for your pocket here.

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