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5 Short Poems to Celebrate National Poetry Month

April is a lovely month: winter has come to a close, the days are long, and spirits are high. It seems fitting that this time of new beginnings is also National Poetry Month.

The Academy of American Poets started this yearly tradition in 1996, and it remains a gentle reminder to take time to breathe deeply, read a poem, and reflect.

Whether you fancy yourself a poet or simple enjoy reading them, we hope these short (but powerful!) poems below bring a bit of brightness to your day.

 

The Wing Reader by Brooke Smith

The Wing Reader Brooke Smith, Illustrated by Brian ReaFrom The Wing Reader: An Illustrated Poem by Brooke Smith, illustrated by Brian Rea
 

“Wind” by Gary Soto

From The Elements of San Joaquin: Revised and Expanded by Gary Soto From The Elements of San Joaquin: Revised and Expanded by Gary Soto
 

“Do Not Stand by My Grave and Weep” by Mary Elizabeth Frye

From Love Found: 50 Classic Poems of Desire, Longing, and Devotion: edited by Leslie Jonath and Jessica Strand, illustrated by Jennifer Orkin LewisFrom Love Found: 50 Classic Poems of Desire, Longing, and Devotionedited by Leslie Jonath and Jessica Strand, illustrated by Jennifer Orkin Lewis
 

Haiku by Matsuo Bashō

Giving Thanks: Poems, Prayers, and Praise Songs of ThanksgivingFrom Giving Thanks: Poems, Prayers, and Praise Songs of Thanksgiving edited by Katherine Paterson, illustrated by Pamela Dalton
 

“Sea Turtle” by Kate Coombs

Water Sings Blue Ocean Poems by Kate Coombs, Illustrated by Meilo SoFrom Water Sings Blue: Ocean Poems by Kate Coombs, illustrated by Meilo So (for children!)

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You can find more poetry books here. Do you have a favorite poet or poem?

 

Jenna Homen

Content and Community Manager at Chronicle Books. When she's logged off, she can be found painting, cooking, camping, or petting her dog Harley. You can follow her on Twitter at @jn_na.
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