National Poetry Month

national poetry month

It’s that time of year again: National Poetry Month. Poetry is one of the most ancient and practiced forms of expression in the world. If you read Moonwalking with Einstein, our featured book of SBCC Reads 2013, you’ll recall that in the times of antiquity, the most honored and gifted scholars refined their memory skills through memorization and recitation of poetry to groups, when books were not widely available.

The library often hosts poetry readings, like the recent one jointly sponsored by the SBCC Poetry Club and the MeCHa Club.

This year, the SBCC Writing Center has a great display on poetry and writing, including ways you can contribute your own instant poetry.

The library provides access to databases that contain scholarly articles in the humanities, including articles related to poetry.

  • Literature Resource Center (Gale) provides information about authors and their works. Covers more than 130,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalist, and other writers, in all genres and disciplines, from all time periods and all parts of the world. Provides full text biographical information, work overviews, literary criticism, and reviews.
  • Project Muse provides complete, full-text versions of scholarly journals in subject areas such as: ethnic studies; art and architecture; literature; education; film; theatre and performing arts; history; language; medicine and health; philosophy; religion; science, technology, and math; social sciences; and gender and sexuality. Contains over 525 journals, 335 of which are full text. An good source of scholarly articles for advanced literary criticism.
  • JSTOR contains articles from hundreds of scholarly journals covering a wide range of subjects in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Full text articles are available, from the first issue (sometimes going back over 100 years) until five years ago. Note: The Luria Library subscription includes three of JSTOR‚Äôs collections: Arts & Sciences II; Arts & Sciences III; and Life Sciences; and the following individual journals: Asian Survey; Film Quarterly; Mathematics Magazine; Nineteenth-Century Literature; and The Western Historical Quarterly.

The library catalog has several books related to poetry– not just books of poetry written by poets themselves, but also other books addressing poetry as an art. These are just a few of the examples of poetry-related books:

american poetry
American Poetry, The Nineteenth Century, by John Hollander

penguin anthology
The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry, by Rita Dove

new princeton encyclopedia
The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, by Alex Preminger and T. F. V. Brogan

how to read a poem
How To Read a Poem: And Fall in Love with Poetry, by Edward Hirsch and Duke University, Center for Documentary Studies

This month, and EVERY month, we recommend taking a moment out of your day to read a poem or write one of your own. The pace of life is so rushed, it’s easy to forget to stop and realize how much beauty there is all around us: in the chirping of a bird, the crash of the waves at the beach, the way the sunlight hits the green leaves of a tree as they softly sway with the breeze. This beauty is one of the things that have inspired poets through the centuries to express themselves in verse. Happy National Poetry Month!