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Apr 11, 2020 | Adult Services, Books


During challenging times, many people look to poetry for inspiration, peace, courage, and comfort. In a world we have not experienced before–unless you were alive during the 1918 “Spanish Flu” pandemic–poetry might just fill a need you didn’t even know you had. Start your poetry journey with us–there’s no better time than April which is National Poetry Month! Read on to reap the benefits of poetry and the wisdom of poets….

If you seek inner peace and want to soothe the anxiety within from a global pandemic–I know I do–read and listen to the work of these writers presented by PBS in “A Playlist of Poets for National Poetry Month“. The Poetry Foundation offers their collection of “Poems of Anxiety and Uncertainty: Confronting and coping with uncharted terrains through poetry” with a number of poets including Elizabeth Bishop¬†and Chungmi Kim, whose lines in “Allow Me” seem so appropriate right now:

Allow me to stay in my room
and weave my rainbows.

Check back here during April for more poems, readings by poets, and inspiration! We’ll help to connect you to others while social distancing, and encourage you to dream of faraway lands as you quarantine. For a daily dose of poetry, sign up to receive a poem a day from the Poetry Foundation. Or subscribe to the Friday Poem from Pan MacMillan.

You can access our digital poetry books through Hoopla and OverDrive/Libby….explore and enjoy!