Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Poetry Month, continued

There are two different websites at which you can subscribe to receive a poem in your email each day during National Poetry Month. One is:

http://www.poets.org/

Go there and click on "Poem A Day."

Or, you can go to Knopf's Borzoi Reader at: http://poem-a-day.knopfdoubleday.com/ and sign up. This is a great way to discover a new poet or a new poem by an old favorite.

Also, look for exhibits of poetry books for teens, at Central library in the teen section, and at Buena Vista library on a book cart in the main aisle. There are several teen fiction writers who write their novels in verse, including Sonya Sones (What My Mother Doesn't Know, What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know, Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy) and Ellen Hopkins (Crank, Impulse, Burned, Glass, Identical). There are popular teen novelists who also write poetry, including Francesca Lia Block's How to (Un)cage A Girl and Gary Soto's A Fire In My Hands and Who Will Know Us? Explore autobiographical poets such as Antwone Fisher (Who Will Cry for the Little Boy?) or Jimmy Santiago Baca (Healing Earthquakes). Or enjoy a collection, such as Red Hot Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in the United States. Let National Poetry Month introduce you to what you've been missing--a world of verse.

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