Happy National Poetry Month!

The month of April was named National Poetry Month by the Academy of American Poets in 1996 to emphasize the role that poets play in our society and to promote the study and writing of poetry within K-12 classrooms across the nation. Although the initiative began within K-12 classrooms, it has since expanded to be much more, being recognized within higher education and some workplaces as well.

Reflecting on your own experiences at Wittenberg, which poets had/have a lasting impact within your life and on your learning? For some it may be the classic works of Milton and Homer, and for others it may be the more contemporary works of Tracy K. Smith, Joy Harjo, or Amanda Gorman. We would love to hear what you have to say! Comment below your favorite poets and poems.

In addition to what one may study within their English classes at Wittenberg, a great resource for finding new poetry is the initiative called #TeachLivingPoets, https://teachlivingpoets.com/virtual-library/ . Here, you can find an interactive presentation with poets that are living and breathing, doing the work that they love. The presentation includes a variety of poets with differing races, backgrounds, and passions.

Furthermore, if you like listening to poetry TED Talks has a vast library of poets that have performed for the series. Below are linked a few that might help start your poetry month off just right.

Jesse Oliver: https://www.ted.com/talks/jesse_oliver_wake_up_spoken_word_poetry?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare

Chinaka Hodge: https://www.ted.com/talks/chinaka_hodge_what_will_you_tell_your_daughters_about_2016?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare

Now, go out there and enjoy some poetry!

Image Source: https://www.revolutiondigital.com/article/quarantine-life-the-poetry-version/

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