Celebrate National Poetry Month With These 6 Poetry Blogs
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Happy National Poetry Month to all the poets and poetry lovers!
For thousands of years, poetry has been used as a celebration of emotion, an avenue for expression, and a method of sharing ideas. Today, through online communities and blogs, a collection of stanzas can connect people all over the world.
Whether you’re a fan of the classics or more into new age poetry, these six blogs are perfect for celebrating National Poetry Month.
Created by T. De Los Reyes, this blog aims to not only celebrate the love of poetry, but also to uplift the voices of women, LGBTQ+, and people of color. If you’re bored of reading the classics, this blog will help you find something that’s not by Edgar Allen Poe or Walt Whitman.
Not sure where to start? This blog features a “Random Poem” button to generate a poem from the archives. My favorite feature of this blog is the suggested next reads at the bottom of each posting. I find myself endlessly enjoying the selections in the “You might also like these” section.
I recommend these recent posts:
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“I want my poems to name what kills and still find joy / I want my poems to be the long dance in the streets after a funeral.”
— Read A Little Poetry (@readalittlepoem) March 31, 2023
My poetic side was created for the poetry community.
Once you’re done reading the latest poetry news in the “Poetry News Roundup,” select the COMMUNITY tab to read full poems written by other community members or create something new by collaborating with these poets on a space called “Fusioned.” These are living poems where each line is written by a different online collaborator.
Check out a couple of my favorite posts:
- Fly away
- Dahl’s Work Amendments/Heaney Exhibition/Poet’s Barracks Conversion – Poetry News Roundup February 22nd
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Science Around Us/Cave Responds To Likeness/Host Of Golden Daffodils – Poetry News Roundup March 27th https://t.co/euPEq20Y0I
— My poetic side (@My_poetic_side) March 27, 2023
The Guardian’s Poetry section grants you a hand-selected poem for each week of National Poetry Month. The poem of the week post contains a poem as well as a short analysis and history of the poet to dive deeper.
Best of all, if you want to read more about the poets behind your favorite works, this blog also includes interviews with poets. In a recent interview with Warsan Shire, she said, “Sula by Toni Morrison had a tremendous impact on how I would grow to view myself as a woman,” and shared much more about the inspirations she’s taken from other poets.
Read about Warsan Shire and more with these recent posts:
- Poem of the week: here yet be dragons by Lucille Clifton
- Warsan Shire: ‘Toni Morrison had a tremendous impact on how I view myself as a woman’
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Join the bestselling author @CatRentzenbrink as she teaches you how to develop a writer’s mindset, overcome self-doubt, and start writing.
— The Guardian (@guardian) March 31, 2023
One of the best ways to enjoy poetry is by utilizing it to express how we feel in our own lives. While Jacket2 also provides commentary on poems and books of poetry, my personal favorite posts are the ones that discuss elements of life while adding excerpts from poems that apply to the topic.
In an article discussing loss, Gabriel Ojeda-Sagué writes: “Allow me somebody else’s voice to say this about grief, form, and poetry in a new way,” followed by a few lines from Rae Armantrout’s Versed.
These posts stood out to me:
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— Jacket2 Magazine (@jacket2mag) March 7, 2023
If you’re looking to read poems, reviews of full poetry books (including the blogger’s favorite lines), or essays from impactful poets on their recent works, the Poetry Foundation blog is the perfect addition to your National Poetry Month plans.
The blog celebrates a Poem of the Day, and for those of us who prefer our poetry to be spoken aloud, there is an audio option for each piece. If you like a poem you’ve found, there is even a function to view the collection the poem originally appeared in, so you can search for more.
You’ll love these:
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Women who die alone at midnight
contributing to the end, to
lost time, to the rain and flies,
seeing the bird they saw trapped in the airport
surviving by the water fountain
— Poetry Foundation (@PoetryFound) March 30, 2023
Interested in discovering new poetry, but you’re not sure where to start?
The Carcanet Blog features posts written by the poets behind some of poetry’s latest collections. The brief descriptions of their books’ content as well as the option to watch their “Meet the Author” video in one place brings you closer than ever to poets releasing current works.
A couple blog posts to take with you:
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In this week's newsletter you can find a poem by Sheri Benning, details on April's books, Thomas Kinsella's Last Poems launch and an exciting feature by Moya Cannon! – https://t.co/bkFw0VTB2B pic.twitter.com/vsymObCx8q
— Carcanet Press (@Carcanet) March 31, 2023
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