Any time is a good time to read or to share a poem, but National Poetry Month, sponsored by the Academy of American Poetry since 1996, is an especially joyous opportunity for sharing the magic of poetry. The wonder of the World Wide Web makes enjoyment of poetry possible in ways early poets never dreamed possible, from video recordings of poets reading their poetry, to favorite poems brilliantly read by famous actors, to clever animations of poems. Below are links to three of my favorite poems, each offering a different way to enjoy poetry.
Dylan Thomas. The Force the Through The Green Fuse Drives the Flower
T. S. Eliot. The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
Walt Whitman. When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer
The Academy of American Poetry is a nonprofit organization that supports American poets at all stages of their careers and fosters the appreciation of contemporary poetry.