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Poetry Month: Poetry Month

Find books, articles and Web sites on poetry, the study of poetry, and Poetry Month.

About Poetry Month

National Poetry Month, held each April, 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. 

Featured Books @ MJC

Enjoy one of these poetry collections available at the MJC Library.

eBooks on the Study of Poetry

Listen to Poetry

Kay Ryan (b. 1945)

U.S. Poet Laureate 2008-2010

Amanda Gorman (b. 1998)

First National Youth Poet Laureate of the United States 2017

Richard Blanco (b. 1968)

Blanco reads at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration

Pablo Neruda (1904-1973)

Poet, Politician, and Diplomat

Langston Hughes (1902-1967)

American Poet and Activist

Sam Pierstorff (b. 1975)

MJC Professor of English, Poet Laureate for the City of Modesto (2004-2008) and "Ninjapoet."



Rita Dove (b. 1952)

U.S. Poet Laureate 1993-1995 reads "American Smooth"

Bob Hicok (b. 1960)

American Poet, Bob Hicok, reads his poem, "Calling him back from layoff"

Naomi Shihab Nye (b. 1952)

Naomi Shihab Nye Reads Two Poems

Articles on Poetry and National Poetry Month

Use these library databases to explore topics on poetry and poets.

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More Poetry on the Web