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National Poetry Month Guide


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National Poetry Month

Poster for National Poetry Month April 2020

About:  "National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture." Learn more at

Presented here in this guide is a selective listing of  resources with an emphasis on those that are accessible online since so many of us are studying, learning, and working remotely.

Know of a great poetry resource you'd like to see included? Send us a note at .

Read Poetry: Selected Full Text Resources

A selection of fulltext and/or ebook databases or sites:

Poetry Criticism & Interpretation

Selected ebooks and databases for poetry reference, handbooks, and literary criticism.
Want to search for more literary criticism, handbooks, anthologies related to poetry?  Try these Ebook and research databases:

Poetry Websites

Listen: Poetry Podcasts & Interviews

Poetry foundation, podcasts logos: Poem of the Day; Poem Talk; Poetry off the Shelf; The Poetry Magazine Podcast

Individual Poems from the Poetry Foundation podcasts:

Radio program and podcast On Being, logo

On Being Podcast:
The On Being podcast explores “the intersection of spiritual inquiry, science, social healing, community, poetry, and the arts.” Its host, Krista Tippett, has interviewed many famous poets on their craft. 

Poetry Unbound podcast logo

A spin-off podcast from On Being, Poetry Unbound (hosted by Pádraig Ó Tuama), reads and analyzes a single poem twice a week. See below for some interesting episodes of On Being and Poetry Unbound.