April was chosen as the month
Poetry would be declared
Readable and enjoyable,
Instead of ignored or sufferingly read.
Let the words speak for themselves,
Poets show their true worth.
Open all your minds and hearts,
Enjoy poetry’s re-birth.
Try to connect with the words,
Rhyme or freestyle verse.
Yesterday’s poets have had their fame,
Move on to the new wave.
Old time poems were taught in school,
Now contemporary leads the way.
Take the time, each day, to read a poem,
Have a fine poetic month.
by John Hansen © 2018
What is National Poetry Month?
National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives every April.
Who started it?
Inspired by the successful celebrations of Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March), the Academy of American Poets established National Poetry Month in 1996. (source: www.poets.org)