National Poetry Month



April is National Poetry Month.  Introduced in 1996 and organized by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month is a celebration of poetry as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. The Academy of American Poets’ website serves as a hub for information about local poetry events during the month. The organization also provides free educational resources for teachers in classroom celebrations and activities, and also commissions an annual festival poster.  The Fountaindale Public Library is proud to present this month’s lobby tree display in celebration of National Poetry Month with a plethora of books to choose from as well as a smattering of DVDs and CDs that take a look at all aspects of this unique and wonderful art form.

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Here is a sampling of some of the titles that await you:

  1. The American Night by Jim Morrison
  2. Complete Poems 1904-1962 by e. e. cummings
  3. Ghost Tantras by Michael McClure
  4. The Roominghouse Madrigals by Charles Bukowski
  5. The Scripture of the Golden Eternity by Jack Kerouac


…And, it’s all conveniently located for you on the 1st Floor, right when you first walk in!

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So, come on in and celebrate the art as well as the poets who have contributed immensely to the creative foundation of Poetry.




National Poetry Month

Although the poetry display on the 3rd floor of the library will only be up for a few more days, we still have several weeks to celebrate National Poetry Month! From haiku to limericks to the classics, there are a number of books in the library to get your poetry fix. Here are a few that might pique your interest:
Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond edited by Tina Chang, Nathalie Handal, and Ravi Shankar

Language for a New Century presents the works of 400 South Asian, East Asian, Middle Eastern, and Central Asian poets as well as the works of those in the Diaspora. This anthology is organized by theme rather than nationality; each section begins with an essay from the editors that introduces the pieces and encourages the reader to reflect on their own sense of self.


Discovered after his death, the poetry of Tupac Shakur sheds light on the artist’s innermost  thoughts and is shared here in The Rose That Grew from Concrete. These poems, created from the time he was nineteen, are written in Tupac’s own hand and express his honest views on the world in which he lived.



Book of Haikus by Jack Kerouac

Need more Kerouac in your life after seeing On the Road? Book of Haikus highlights Kerouac’s experimentation with haiku throughout his career, a lesser-known talent of the writer. Kerouac scholar Regina Weinreich shares an incomplete draft of a haiku manuscript found in Kerouac’s archives along with a large amount of his other haiku derived from both published and unpublished sources.


Happy reading!

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