Poetry Month Resources

"Poets live the lives all of us live with one big difference. They have the power--the power of the word--to create a world of thoughts and emotions other can share. We only have to learn to listen."  -Bill Moyers

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Fans or students of poetry, check out these resources!

Library of Congress Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature

Listen to audio-recorded readings of former Consultants in Poetry Elizabeth Bishop, Gwendolyn Brooks and Robert Frost; Nobel Laureates Mario Vargas Llosa and Czeslaw Milosz, and renowned writers such as Ray Bradbury, Margaret Atwood, and Kurt Vonnegut read from their work at the Library of Congress.

The Poetry Archive 

An independent organization founded by the former British poet laureate, Andrew Motion, who was concerned that high quality audio recordings of contemporary poets reading their own works were not being produced and that consequently an important resource was being lost for posterity. The Poetry Archive was thus established to create recordings of important contemporary poets based on the belief that such readings are a powerful source of insight, understanding and enjoyment. As well as creating brand new recordings, the Archive also gathers together and preserves historic and hard to find recordings of long dead poets. So, The Poetry Archive enables listeners to hear the works of contemporary poets such as Billy Collins, Carol Ann Duffy and Michael Longley alongside historic recordings of Edmund Blunden, E.E. Cummings, Sylvia Plath and many more. Hear John Ashbery read his poem "What is Poetry" here>

Log into The Poetry Archive through Literature Online with your library card.

E-books & E-audiobooks

A few selections recommended by staff:

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image of book Night Skyimage of book And Still I Riseimage of the cover of crossover

image of the cover of Old Possum Book of cats

IRL by Tommy Pico (available as e-audiobook on Hoopla)
Night Sky With Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong (available as e-book on Libby & hoopla)
And Still I Rise and I Shall Not Be Moved by Maya Angelou (available as e-book on CloudLibrary)
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (Book in verse for Juv on Overdrive)
Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot (which inspired the musical Cats. IS it better than Cats?)

Listen to our poetry-themed podcast From the Back of the Stacks here>

Valley of the Tetons Library (Alta Branch collaborator for Nat. Poetry Month): 


Teen Poetry MOOC (University of Iowa)

Remember our Page to the Podium guest Billy Collins?