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National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month

Poetry is not only a type of literature – it’s also an art form. Poets use rhythm, sound, and meaning in a carefully constructed way to make readers feel a specific emotion. A poem can be as short as a few words, or as long as a book.

How to Celebrate
Here are just a few of the many ways to celebrate National Poetry Month:

  • Read a poem

One great way to enjoy poetry is to read it. There are many different types of poems, but to get you started, here’s a list of just a few you can choose from:
Free Verse

Looking for more? MPHPL has a National Poetry Month Recommended Reads page. It includes some poetry by Indiana poets and also several works that were published within the last year.

  • Write a poem

You can also create your own poems. MPHPL has books to help you understand poetry concepts, useful writing exercises, and the specifics of creating your own haiku.

  • Start each day with a poem

What could be a better way to celebrate National Poetry Month than starting each day with a new poem in your inbox?, a website produced by the Academy of American Poets, offers a daily digital poetry series; you can sign up at

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