Archives For National Poetry Month


April is National Poetry Month!!!


To  celebrate and to encourage us all to read more poetry, here are seven of our favorite poetry collections from the last five years! 

ALSO, check out our lists of
that you should know… 



The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded: Poems 

Molly McCully Brown

Listen to the Poet’s Conversation
with NPR’s Terry Gross
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On this final day of National Poetry Month, we offer the following recap of posts in this month’s series of poets reading their work…

ALSO be sure to check out our list of 15 poetry classics that are available as FREE ebooks for Kindle/Nook

If you enjoyed these, you might also be interested in last year’s recap of National Poetry Month


For National Poetry Month, Former US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser reading from his work…

***  Books by Ted Kooser



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The latest in our series of poets reading their own work, former US Poet Laureate Louise Glück in honor of her 70th birthday today.


from the collection

A Village Life: Poems
Louise Glück
Paperback: FSG Books, 2010.
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Continuing our National Poetry Month series of poets reading their own work…

Today is the birthday of Irish poet Seamus Heaney. 

All three of these poems can be found in the collection:

Opened Ground: Selected Poems, 1966-1996
Paperback: FSG Books, 1999.
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*** Other Books by Seamus Heaney

Death of a Naturalist:

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Here is a recap of our National Poetry Month series of poets reading their poems:

Plus, two that have been posted to our site in the past:


Maya Angelou
The final installment in our National Poetry Month Series of Poets reading their poems.

Two poems from Maya Angelou,

The first, “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me” can be found in

The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou.
Hardback: Random House, 1994.
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“Abundant Hope” (from the 2011 dedication of the MLK memorial in Washington DC)

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Continuing our National Poetry Month series of poet’s reading their own work…

Another Festival of Faith and Writing speaker, Li-Young Lee, reading his poem “The Room and Everything in it”

from the collection:
The City in Which I Love You.

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Langston Hughes Reading his PoemsIn our continuing National Poetry Month series of poets reading their poetry,
here’s Langston Hughes reading two poems:

These recordings can be found on:

The Voice of Langston Hughes.

Audio CD: Smithsonian, 1995.
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The Weary Blues:

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