Use this guide to find information about our collection of poetry books, journals, and anthologies in Tutt Library. The tabs above will also lead you to information about regional and national poets, poetry contests, awards, websites, and other resources.
An Animated Poem
Enjoy this animated version of "Forgetfulness," narrated by the poet Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate 2001-2003. [1:50 minutes]
Developed by former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, this website features videos of people reciting and talking about their favorite poems. The readers vary widely, from former President Bill Clinton to everyday people of all ages, filmed at their jobs or at home, across the nation.
POETRY EVERYWHERE was created by University of Wisconsin college students. These poetry films are appropriate for high school ages as well as younger readers. Many of the poems featured are by very well-known contemporary poets, and the website provides a lot of other features as well.
The Academy of American Poets website is for all ages, but TEXT FLOWS takes the reading of poetry to another level in terms of the poem's words and phrases being presented in a typographically animated form. This is a perfect example of the “non-threatening” aspect of poetry, with its "white space" as a canvas for the brief lines and images, which help some visual learners to better see and appreciate playing with words, and seing the condensed narrative power of the poetic voice.
Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools and poets around the country band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.
The goals of National Poetry Month are to:
Highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets
Introduce more Americans to the pleasures of reading poetry
Bring poets and poetry to the public in immediate and innovative ways
Make poetry a more important part of the school curriculum
Increase the attention paid to poetry by national and local media
Encourage increased publication, distribution, and sales of poetry books
Increase public and private philanthropic support for poets and poetry