Sunday, April 9, 2017

Celebrating Poetry And Poets In National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, the largest literary celebration in the world. The annual event was established in 1996 by the American Academy of American Poets to bring public awareness to the art of poetry. 

The Academy was inspired by the successful celebrations of Black History month (February) and Women's History Month (March). The goal of National Poetry Month is to: 

• highlight the extra ordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American pets
• encourage the reading of poems
• assist teachers in bringing poetry into their classrooms
• increase the attention paid to poetry by national and local media
• encourage increased publication and distribution of poetry
• encourage support for poets and poetry

What's more, April 27 is National Poem in Your Pocket Day. This is a day when people throughout the United States select a poem, carry it with them, and share it with others throughout the day. 

MANA is joining in the celebration by highlighting poetry on our blog that was published by MANA's authors that include:

"Story of a Heartache" by Doris A. Zarzycki

"A Little Child" by Della Frye

"Sweet Ache" by Elesia K. Powell

"Simply: A Collection of Poetry" by Jessyca Mathews

"The Bugle Calls" by Captain Adrian D. Massey

MANA also has books of poetry available for purchase. To find out more about the book, click on the title:

•  A Collection of Prayers Of An Alpha Man by Clarence C. Straham Sr. 

• A Soldier's Poetic Response: A Slice of His Life by Captain Adrian D. Massey

 In His Name: A Collection of Prayers by Clarence C. Straham Sr.

• Poems of the Spirit: In God's Hands by Shirley Barnett

There are a variety of ways to celebrate National Poetry Monty, to find out what they are, visit the National Poetry Month website. Click HERE to read more.  

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