World Poetry Day was declared by UNESCO in 1999. Each year, UNESCO meets and focuses on some particular poet and his or her works. Often, the spotlight is cast on poetry written in a minority or even rare and endangered language. Poetry recitals and similar events may also be held in various countries in recognition of the day.
Have you read a poem that touched your heart
Or almost tore your soul apart?
Moved you to tears or made you think
Raised your courage or had it shrink?
Brightened you day or darkened your night
Leaving you shivering in abject fright.
If it made an impact, and you know it
Please remember to thank the poet.
It’s a great precursor for April which is Poetry Month.
Did you know that there was an American Poetry Museum in Washington, DC?
- It’s at 716 Monroe St NE #25th, Washington, DC 20017
- Hours are Tuesday and Thursday, 5-8 PM and Saturday and Sunday, 10-4.
The American Poetry Museum (APM) is dedicated to celebrating poetry, promoting literacy, fostering meaningful dialogue, encouraging an appreciation for the diversity of the American experience, and educating local, national, and international audiences through the presentation, preservation and interpretation of American poetry.
Founded in 2004, APM is one of the first museums in the world dedicated to collecting, interpreting and presenting American poetry. We are committed to the continuation of poetry as a literary and performance art and the use of poetry as an active tool for education.