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
From 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
“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 Lewis
Haiku by Matsuo Bashō
From Giving Thanks: Poems, Prayers, and Praise Songs of Thanksgiving edited by Katherine Paterson, illustrated by Pamela Dalton
“Sea Turtle” by Kate Coombs
From 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?
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