Stop by the shop and celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day with us! You can find free poems at our counters to grab, read, and keep for yourself or pass along to be enjoyed by others!Read More
National Poetry Month is always a good time to explore the world of poetry and all it has to offer. To help you enjoy this month-long celebration of poetry, we’ve got some handy resources on how to read poems!Read More
National Poetry Month is a month long celebration focusing on the cultural importance of poets and poetry of past and present. Check out the purpose, history, and more about National Poetry Month so you can celebrate as well!Read More
April is National Poetry Month!🖋📖 Just as we did last year, we have one of The Frost Place “Pennies for Poetry” jars out for collections during April.
Pennies for Poetry was launched as a fundraising campaign in 2018 to help keep The Frost Place, and all the wonderful programs they offer, up and running. The Frost Place is the former home of beloved poet Robert Frost, which is now a historic museum, as well as a center for poetry and the arts. The Frost Place, as a nonprofit, relies on donations to keep serving the community.✨
If you would like to contribute, you can stop by while you’re in town and throw some change in the jar. There is also a GoFundMe set up for online donations that you can find here:https://www.gofundme.com/the-frost-place-pennies-for-poetry
To find out more about The Frost Place, what they offer, and what they do, check out their website through the following link: https://frostplace.org/
Are you looking to connect with poets or find opportunities to hear or study poetry?
To find poetry events and resources near you, simply go to: www.poets.org/poetsorg/poetry-near-you and enter your zip code in the search field.
You can also click on the states menu and select your state to find festivals, conferences, writing programs, literary organizations, landmarks, poetry-friendly bookstores, and more in your area. You can also submit events with the Poets.org audience!
Exquisite Corpse is a collaborative poetry game that traces its roots to the Parisian Surrealist Movement. Exquisite Corpse is played by several people, each of whom writes a word on a sheet of paper, folds the paper to conceal it, and passes it on to the next player for his or her contribution.
In order to write a poem, participants should agree on a sentence structure beforehand. For example, each sentence in the poem could be structured “Adjective, Noun, Verb, Adjective, Noun.” Articles and verb tenses may be added later or adjusted after the poem has been written. The game was also adapted to drawing, where one participant would draw thehead of a figure, the next the torso, etc. The name “Exquisite Corpse” comes from a line of poetry created using the technique: “The exquisite corpse will drink the young wine.”
The only hard and fast rule of Exquisite Corpse is that each participant is unaware of what the others have written, thus producing a surprising—sometimes absurd—yet often beautiful poem. Exquisite Corpse is a great way to collaborate with other poets, and to free oneself from imaginative constraints or habits. Remember, many of the most effective phrases or metaphors are those that are most surprising. So get a couple of friends and try writing an exquisite corpse.
As an example, the following is an Exquisite Corpse composed by the intrepid Academy staff using the sentence construction Adjective, Noun, Verb, Adjective, Noun.
Slung trousers melt in a roseate box.
A broken calendar oscillates like sunny tin.
The craven linden growls swimmingly. Blowfish.
A glittering roof slaps at crazy ephemera.
While we may not all collect stamps, it’s always fun when an interesting or attractive stamp catches your eye. Poet-themed stamps are a great way to share the importance of poetry and America’s literary heritage with the entire country. Langston Hughes, Emily Dickinson, and T.S. Eliot are a few of the poets who have made their way onto a postage stamp and into the mailboxes of people everywhere.
Help promote poetry by writing a letter requesting more poet stamps. To be eligible, suggested poets must have been deceased for at least ten years and must be American or of American descent. Read more about the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee and the stamp selection process online.
Send your suggestions to:
Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee
c/o Stamp Development
U.S. Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plaza, SW
Washington, D.C. 20260-2437
It's National Poetry Month! Little Village Toy & Book Shop, with the help of the Academy of American Poets (www.poets.org), will be posting different ways to celebrate poetry throughout the month of April.
Let's start by memorizing a poem.
Select a poem from the book you’re reading, or an old favorite, and begin to memorize it. While memorization may seem like a relic from your school days, the rewards of recalling a private anthology of well-loved poems are both immediate and long-lasting.
If you are new to memorization, pick a short poem with a strong rhythmic underpinning. Rhythm has long been used as a tool to aid the memory, particularly by oral storytellers before the advent of the written word. By choosing and memorizing a poem that you love, you connect yourself to this long tradition of passing along stories and customs through the power of poetic language. Make sure that you understand the sense of the poem—this will give meaning to the rote act of learning each line and transform a string of sounds into a message that you can easily absorb and transmit.
Browse our poetry section at Little Village Toy & Book Shop to find the perfect poem to memorize.
You can also browse a list of poems to memorize, perform, or recite—part of a feature on Great Poems to Teach. (https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/anthology/popular-poems-teach)