Start with Poetry Books
The Harold W. Wise Declamation Contest is a valued annual tradition at Brookwood School. Celebrating its 39th year this May, the competition invites you to analyze, memorize, and declaim poems with which you connect personally. A broad collection of poetry books are on display in the library to support the Contest. Browse this collection to explore poetry and find verse that expresses your own thoughts and feelings.
Poem in Your Pocket Day
Save the date! Poem in Your Pocket Day 2016 is held across the United States on Thursday, April 21.
On Poem in Your Pocket Day, people throughout the United States select a poem, carry it with them, and share it with others throughout the day.
Check out this page for poems to carry in your pocket!
Online Poetry Websites
Literary Reference Center
Literary Reference Center is a full-text database that combines information from major respected reference works, books and literary journals, and more. This is an excellent place to find a particular poet's work. For instance, searching for Billy Collins or Taylor Mali offers the full-text of their books and poems. Literary Reference Center Plus is a database accessed using Brookwood's username and password. Ask the librarians or teachers if needed.
More Poetry Books!
For National Poetry Month, the Academy of American Poets introduces the Dear Poet Project, a multimedia educational project that invites a multimedia education project that invites young people in grades five through twelve to write letters in response to poems written and read by some of the award-winning poets who serve on the Academy of American Poets Board of Chancellors.
Students—to participate in this year’s Dear Poet project, watch the videos below of Chancellors reading and discussing one of their poems. Then, write them a letter in response and send it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 30, 2016. Please include your name and the name of the poet to whom you’ve written. We will consider all letters for publication on Poets.org in May 2016. And our Chancellors will reply to select letters of their choosing.
Teachers—more details on the Dear Poet webpage.