Would you like to know more about Poetry?
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.
Poetry Media in Tutt Library
In addition to Streaming Online Videos and DVDs (some listed below), Tutt Library has a number of videorecordings (VHS cassettes) from the Lannan Foundation's ongoing series of nationally and internationally known contemporary poets and writers, many of them in conversation with another prestigious poet or writer. These videos could serve as primary source material for literary research. Poets such as Yehuda Amachai, Amiri Baraka, Ernesto Cardenal, Sandra Cisneros, Lucille Clifton, Joy Harjo, Denise Levertov, Philip Levine, Grace Paley, Adrienne Rich, Gary Snyder, Alice Walker, and numerous others are featured in these hour-long, individual videos. To browse the catalog offerings, type in "Lannan" as a key word. You can browse the entire selection in the Videos--2nd Floor North section of Tutt Library. Some of these can also be accessed online via our Films on Demand database. To view these videos, we have a Video Viewing Room (301) in Tutt Library. If the door is locked, someone at the Circulation Desk will be happy to open it for you.
An Animated Poem
Enjoy this animated version of "Forgetfulness," narrated by the poet Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate 2001-2003. [1:50 minutes]
Animated Poetry & Poetry Video Links
Mary Oliver, a Pulitzer Prize winner, writes fluent imagery weaving together the worlds of humans, animals, and plants. "Wild Geese" was first published in Dream Work (c) 1986
National Poetry Month
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
Some Ways of Thinking about Poems and Poets
- Regionally: Poets from the Southeast, Southwest, British Islands
- Thematically: Poems about death, love, nature, God, conflict
- Temporally: Poets from the Harlam Renaissance, from World War I, from the Jazz Age
- Demographically: Black women poets, gay male poets, poets who are mothers
- Philosophically: Existential poets, Beat poets, Romantic poets, revolutionary poets