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Poetry: HOME

Use this guide to learn more about poetry books, journals, genres, websites, internet publications, contests, awards, and much more...


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.  

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

Wild Geese

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

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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
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