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Celebrating National Poetry Month

Posted about 2 years ago by Alexandra Zukas

Hello, readers! Not only is this week National Library Week (and coincidentally, RPL’s reopening week), but it’s also currently National Poetry Month! I’ll admit that I haven’t always found poetry accessible in the past–traditionally, I’ve appreciated the straight-shooting, no-nonsense directness of prose (which is often also lyrically expressive). As Thomas Hardy said, poetry is the art of putting emotion into measure (okay, that’s not verbatim, but close enough)–it’s all the feels distilled into a few lines. It’s only as I’ve gotten older that I’ve come to appreciate the concise wisdom of a fine piece of poetry, the incredible skill required to create vibrant imagery within the confines of limited space, and its ability to convey the emotional heft of a collective national moment.

Here are a few ways you can participate in 25th annual National Poetry Month celebrations:

Happy National Poetry Month, all!

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