#SWEETREADS: Check Out a Book of Poetry for National Poetry Month

#SweetReads: A column provided by the Sweetwater County Library System, featuring reading recommendations by employees of our local libraries. Assistant Director Lindsey Travis provides you with this week's column.
#SWEETREADS: Check Out a Book of Poetry for National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, and there are so many ways to celebrate – the most obvious of which is to check out a book of poetry.

National Poetry Month was started in April 1996 by the Academy of American Poets to remind the public that poetry matters and the role that it plays in our culture. Poetry is designed to open the door to real life and to emotions, whether those emotions are love, sadness,
fear or humor.

I, for one, am not a poet. My attempts at writing poetry have been sad at best. That being said, I do appreciate a good poem written by someone else. I very much appreciate humorous poetry, which I first discovered as a child. Specifically, Shel Silverstein.

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I will always remember the poem Sarah Sylvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out. As a child, it was easy to see myself as Sarah Sylvia Stout. Chores were boring and seemed unnecessary.

Another humorous book of poetry that is available at the Rock Springs Library is called Love Poems (for Married People). The collection of poems, written, by John Kenney perfectly sum up married life.

Poem titles include things such as What Time Should We Leave for the Airport?, What’s the Plan for Dinner, and Our Love is Tested in Traffic. Most married people will appreciate the humor that is observed from everyday married life.

The Trouble with Poetry and Other Poems, by Billy Collins is another book of poetry that is filled with humor. The author, a two-time Poet Laureate, uses simple language and observations in his poetry to open the door to people who may have thought poetry was not for them.

If you are looking for more classic poetry, the libraries have collections of poems by Emily Dickenson, Edgar Allen Poe, and Wallace Stevens. Our youth and young adult sections have titles that are great for young people to get their first exposure to poetry.

One great title is Please Excuse this Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation. You can also find books of Cowboy Poetry and Wyoming specific titles, such as The Ranch: Wyoming Poetry.

Along with checking out a book of poetry for National Poetry month, you can try your hand at writing poetry. The libraries have books to help guide new poets as they are working to perfect their craft. And stop by the libraries for fun, kid-friendly National Poetry Month activities as well.