How Do I Love Poetry? Let Me Count 30 Ways!

Check out this cool new page from the Academy of American Poets:  30 Ways to Celebrate Poetry!  Here you can browse 30 suggestions for celebrating poetry and making it a part of your daily life.  When you click on the title of a method of celebration, you will open up a separate page with more detailed information and hyperlinks to resources that will enrich your life as a reader! 

Here is a sampling of what you will find:

Read a Book of Poetry  
Poet and businessman Wallace Stevens said that poetry is “a response to the daily necessity of getting the world right.” This April, let the National Poetry Almanac help you to make poetry one of your own daily necessities.The best point of entry to the world of poetry is, of course, the poem. Dive right into a book of poems–anthologies can be great starting points for browsing and sampling diverse styles and time periods. Other people may find a slim single volume written by just one author more welcoming.

Do you remember a poem you liked in school or when you were a child? Seek out poems by the same author. See a poem on your daily commute that got you thinking? First, thank Poetry in Motion, a program of the Poetry Society of America, then track down its source and give the whole book a try.

Don’t feel obligated to read the entire book straight through, or to read particularly fast: a line or image from a poem will come back to you when you least expect it.

Don’t know where to begin? Start browsing through our Find a Poet and Find a Poem sections and see what strikes you. Check out our Poems for Every Occasion section for mini-anthologies of poems grouped thematically. Listen to recordings of poets people reading their own work in the Poetry Audio Archive. Start looking and we’re sure you’ll find a poem that speaks to you

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2 thoughts on “How Do I Love Poetry? Let Me Count 30 Ways!

  1. Thanks for sharing this. I love passing on these little snippets to other teachers. Most either love or hate teaching poetry. This site might create some passion and energy around the topic…which, let’s face it, is what teacher-librarians try to do every day.

  2. Thank you! I was very fortunate to have a great professor at UGA who inspired a love for reading and teaching poetry….you can read more about this and how I did poetry podcasts with one of our English teachers at The podcasting was definitely one of the most memorable experiences in my career!

    I am also currently doing a poetry unit with my 10th grade night school class (I wear my English teacher hat there). I am always glad to share my materials, activities, and lessons for my “Poetry Immersion” unit if anyone is interested.

    A great resource for teaching poetry is this book: . I have others I love, too, but this is one is still my favorite. 🙂

    Thank you for reading our blog and sharing!
    Buffy 🙂

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