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April is National Poetry Month


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Inspired by the success of Black and Women’s History Month, in 1996 April was declared National Poetry Month. This month is dedicated to increasing the awareness and appreciation of poetry. The Academy of American Poets, publishers, booksellers, libraries, schools and poets around the U.S. come together to celebrate poetry’s role in American culture.

My favorite poet, Dr. Maya Angelou, is one of the greatest and honored writers of our generation. She has served on two presidential committees, and has been honored by numerous universities and organizations. Her book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings held the longest-running record on The New York Times paperback nonfiction bestseller list. This acclaimed biography is a terrific and powerful read. One of my favorite selections from Dr. Angelou is The Traveler.

The Traveler

Byways and bygone
And lone nights long
Sun rays and sea waves
And star and stone

Manless and friendless
No cave my home
This is my torture
My long nights, lone

The great thing about poetry is that it can be enjoyed by everyone regardless of age. Early on, children are learning to write and appreciate poetry. An entertaining and simple poem for kids to write is a 5-line cinquain poem. Writing a cinquain poem is as effortless as 1,2,3,4,1…

Line 1 – 1 word title
Line 2 – 2 adjectives that describes your title
Line 3 – 3 verbs that describes an action relating to the title
Line 4 – 4 words that describes a feeling relating to your topic
Line 5 – 1 word that refers back to your title

Cute and delightful
Eating, growling, running
Plays with his bone

I’ve told you my favorite poet, who’s yours?

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