National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month 2021

April is National Poetry Month so we’ve pulled together some online resources and book lists to help you celebrate! Join us for one of our live virtual programs, too!

Official National Poetry Month Poster for 2021.

national poetry month

Launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month reminds the public that poets have an integral role to play in our culture and that poetry matters. Visit their site to learn more!

staff picks book list

Memphis Public Librarians picked out these poetry selections. Place them on hold and pick them up at your local library.

poetry titles

Check out a poetry eBook! Browse OverDrive titles here. If you have a mobile device, install the Libby app and search for poetry.

libby / overdrive

Check out digital magazines with Libby / OverDrive. Magazines in Libby / OverDrive are always available:

American Poetry Review
Paris Review
Poets & Writers Magazine
Writers Digest
Writing Magazine


Access literary works and authors throughout history, including full-text poems, plays, short stories, speeches, and more.

world book entry on poetry

Learn the kinds of poetry, the elements of poetry, and why poetry is important by reviewing the World Book article on Poetry.