Interested in reading poetry? How about listening to poets read their work? Or writing some of your own? The following links offer a selection of resources to meet those needs and more.
Ink runs from the corners of my mouth.
There is no happiness like mine.
I have been eating poetry.
~Mark Strand, "Eating Poetry," Reasons for Moving, 1968
- Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More
From the Academy of American Poets, This is a great site with a little bit of everything. There's a spotlight theme a map of poetry from every state, and a selection of poems for every occasion (weddings, animals, winter, funerals...)
- Poetry Out Loud
The National Endowment for the Arts hosts a national poetry recitation contest, but this website also has a good selection of poems to browse.
- Giggle Poetry-Funny poetry for children
Poetry is certainly not all deep and serious. Check this site for a little comic relief.
- Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools (Poetry and Literature Center, Library of Congress)
This web site offers a poem for every day of the school year, put together for high school students (but most are good for middle school too) by Billy Collins, one of America's favorite poets.
September 25th is Shel Silverstein's birthday! Celebrate by hearing him read "Backwards Bill" and "Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me Too." Click the full-screen button for its full glory.
- Read Write Think-
Interactive online tools allow you to create Acrostic Poems, Diamante Poems, Letter Poems, or Shape Poems
- Shadow Poetry-Types of poetry defined
Not sure what a tanka is? Need an example of a sonnet? This site defines different types of poems and gives examples too.
Moon, croon, June-type in a word to find it's rhyme.
- AHA Poetry
Learn how to write Haiku, a simple and very satisfying form.
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