April is National Poetry Month (NPM), led by the League of Canadian Poets, this year’s theme is Resilience: we celebrate, reflect on, and respect the resilience that has made us who we are. The celebration of poetry each April has grown and established itself organically, in both official and unofficial ways since National Poetry Month was first declared in Canada in 1998, following the lead of the United States from 1996. National Poetry Writing Month encourages writing or reading a poem a day in celebration.
The earliest form of poetry is believed to have been recited, chanted or sung, as a way of remembering oral history, genealogy, and law. In other words, poetry was initially a verbal art. It also shows us the beauty and potential of language in written form too. Poetry has demonstrated resilience itself by surviving and adapting throughout several generations.
Join us in appreciating poetry, reading poetry, listening to poetry, writing poetry, and sharing poetry of courageous educators and poets, who have displayed resilience through their work, for three evening events that you won’t want to miss. Also, on April 29 is Poem in Your Pocket Day. Select a poem, carry it with you, and share it with others!
Poetry is for every age. Explore the lists of recommended poetry in the OPL collection and register for the upcoming poetry events!