April is just around the corner and Spring has arrived no better way to celebrate than opening up a book of poetry. April is National Poetry month. And in preporation of the occasion posters are being made as they have been in previous years.
The Academy of American Poets wanted to re-introduce poetry to bring an awareness and appretiation for the art. As poetry is an art form in it’s own right . Though some feel poetry is to confusing to read as it goes against every rule in writing. One must be able to express the emotion as if in a song with out being to wordy.
In 1996 The Academy chose April as the month to dedicate to poetry as they were inspired by the success of Balck history month and that of Womens history. Though we celebrate in April it is celebrated in Canada and Great Britin in October.
The Academy joined forces with the American Poetry and Literacy President in giving away 100,000 books of poetry free from as far away as New York down to the California coast. Every year a new poster is designed and distributed in hopes of bringing poetry into the lives of some who might not read it other wise.
On April 1, 1996 then Presient Bill Clinton declared pril as National Poetry month, President Clinton welcomed the idea and opportunity to celebrate literature and works of past and present poets. He welcomed the opportunity to celebrate the diversity and vitality of the American poet. President Clinton felt the wealth of laugage enriched as it inspired the American people to read and write at it’s best.
On April 22, 1998 Then President Clinton and first lady Hilary held a gala in honor of Natinal Poetry Month. Poets Robert Hass, Rita Dove and Robert Pinsky were fetured guest’s at the white house gala. In 2002 the Academy organized it’s first poetry and Creative minds gala. A fund raiser to help support National Poetry Month.
This has become an anual event the Academy invites some of Americas leading artist and public figures to read from some of their fvaorite poetry books. Meryl Streep and Alan Alda were a few invited by the Academy. The Academy has come up with some fun ways to celebrate and bring poetry into the American home.
In 2001 The American people were invited to take part in voting for their favorite poet to be fetured on the United States Postal stamp. 10,000 votes were cast for poet Langston Houghs in January Houghs face graced the United States postal stamp.
The New York Empire States buildig Illuminated in blue lights in celebration of the tenth anniversary of National Poetry month. Poetry comes to us in many forms in books, cable net works in poetry clubs on mp3’s. Poetry an art of it’s own not your usual Shakespearean sonnet. To day’s poets come in all age groups from all walks of life.
However you like your poetry read to you weather it be under a tree by the one you love or curled up on the sofa under a blanket by candle light or fier place under the stars and moon on a lake of blue in a sail boat or on a shore on a hill of green on a warm spring day. Poetry still the sonnet a love letter from the heart a play on words music to soothe the soul.
April is right around the corner bringing with it National Poetry Month celebrate it with those you love