April is National Poetry Month

best cigaretteI love poetry, so it is my pleasure to remind you that April is National Poetry Month. If you would like to join in the celebration, here are thirty ways to celebrate.

One of my favorite poets is the former Poet Laureate Billy Collins. He is funny and honest and often whimsical. He likes to read his own poems and has shared this album. Feel free to click on the picture to listen or download.

Penguin Classics offers a poetry app. Since its release in April 2013, Poems By Heart from Penguin Classics, the free app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, has challenged players with classic poems from master wordsmiths (including Shakespeare, Walt Whitman,  and more) all carefully selected by the experts at Penguin Classics. Downloaded over 275,000 times since its launch, players have found that Poems By Heart makes memorizing and reciting poems fun, easy, and addictive, allowing them to enjoy poems at a deeper level, learn them for life, impress their friends, and improve their minds.

With recordings you can share online and email to your friends, Poems By Heart includes new and exclusive dramatic readings and specially commissioned original art for each poem.  Using brain-training techniques to make remembering poetry easy, the resulting fast and responsive game doubles as a tool to stay mentally fit in a fun way. “Poems By Heart makes it simple to memorize timeless verses while immersing yourself in a fun interactive game,” says Penguin Classics Editorial Director Elda Rotor. “This app combines beautiful design with an experience that expands your mind’s ability to retain language.”

For more information, to view images from within the app, and watch a video about the app, please visit: Poems By Heart

Every April, Knopf celebrates National Poetry Month by sending a poem every day throughout the month. To sign up for Poem-a-Day, go to Knopf Poem-a-Day, click Newsletters on the left sidebar, then add your email address and select Knopf Poetry. 

This April, Knopf invites poetry fans to submit a photo, drawing, or other visual representation of poems that inspire them. The contest will be held on the Knopf Facebook page. The five people whose submissions get the most votes at the end of April will each receive a package of new poetry books from Knopf. Feel free to choose more than one poem and submit up to one entry per day!

Enjoy National Poetry Month. I’d love to know who your favorite poets are!

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