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"For poems are not, as people think, simply emotions (one has emotions early enough) - they are experiences."
- Rainer Maria Rilke

National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern. The American Academy of Poets hopes to increase the visibility and availability of poetry in popular culture while acknowledging and celebrating poetry's ability to sustain itself in the many places where it is practiced and appreciated.
Inaugurated by the Academy in April 1996, National Poetry Month brings together publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools, and poets around the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.

Poem of the Day

  • Poem of the Day from the Academy of American Poets
Today's poem: Weaving by Paul Otremba

National Poetry Month Events

  • Alice Meister and Jan Zauha interview with Jule Langaker and Montana Poet Laureate
    Greg Pape April 9th on KMMS (91.5 FM) radio at 9:05 am
  • Greg Keeler, MSU Distinguished Professor & Poet, Poetry Reading at 1:30pm Monday, April 13, 2009, Renne Library
  • Greg Pape, Montana's Poet Laureate, Friday, April 17, 2009, Poetry Reading at 12pm, MSU Renne Library
  • 'An Evening with Greg Pape', Friday, April 17, 6:30pm Wine Reception, 7:00pm Poetry Reading, Bozeman Public Library

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