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While You Are Socially Distancing

Activities and Information

April is National Poetry Month!


Click here for some quick ideas.



Sign up for Poem-a-Day!
Free! Receive a new poem in your inbox daily from the Academy of American Poets.

Follow them on Twitter @POETSorg

Another option: Sign up for the Poem of the Day from the Poetry Foundation

Spring Poems!
A collection from the Poetry Foundation

Shelter in Poems
Find shelter in poetry.

Poetry in Place: Edmands Park in Newton
Take a walk! C​ontemporary nature poems by living poets are scattered throughout the park. You can also view the poems on the website.

Poetry Trading Cards: An Online Exhibition
Trading cards of poets, paired with their poetry.



Poetic Lines on NewTV: Interviews by Elizabeth Lund with local poets reading their poems.

2019 Retrospective: Interviews with Ellen Steinbaum, Dzvinia Orlowsky, Ben Berman, January Gill O'Neil, Matthew Zapruder, Grey Held

WORKaDay by Grey Held, book launch (with Eliott Purcell): Poetry performance at the Newton Free Library

Interview with poet Ben Berman

Poetry Out Loud
Distinguished actors and poets reading and speaking about poetry. 

Talk about poems—what could be better? Also available on iTunes.
A collaboration of the Kelly Writers HousePennSound, and the Poetry Foundation.

PoetryNow Podcast
Short, 4-minute radio segments

Poetry Off the Shelf Podcast
In the latest podcast: Quarantined with kids, Zoom chats, and stranded abroad: eight poets on what life is like for them these days.

Poetry Magazine podcast
Go inside the pages of Poetry Magazine.



Poetry audiobooks from hoopla

eBook poetry from hoopla

Poetry eBooks and Audiobooks from OverDrive

Poetry on film from Kanopy

Poetry set to music on Naxos Music  (enter library card # or username)
Enter "poetry" in the search bar to find it.

"American Masters" Documentary Series on PBS
Highlighting Edgar Allen Poe, Louisa May Alcott, Carl Sandburg, and N. Scott Momaday



Learn about Modern & Contemporary American Poetry with the free popular Coursera course Modpo
The class officially begins every fall, if you want online course interaction, but you can study on your own all year round. There are tons of resources, a YouTube channel. and a Facebook group.

10*10*10* Ten Days, Ten Poems, Ten AM
Join the Poets House for ten free video workshops with poet Dave Johnson, to write a daily new poem in only 10 minutes. The workshops are from 2020, but all the sessions are archived on the site.
For teens to adults. 

The First World War Poetry Digital Archive
An online repository of text, images, audio, and video. Includes collections of primary material from major poets of the period, including Wilfred Owen, Isaac Rosenberg, Robert Graves, Vera Brittain, and Edward Thomas.

Poetry Foundation
Publishers of Poetry Magazine. Poems, poets, articles, podcasts, and more.

Poetry Magazine
(Note: some poems for subscribers only)

Poets House
Poetry library and nonprofit organization in New York City. Info, articles, online events



Emily Dickinson Archive
High-resolution images of manuscripts of Dickinson's poetry, along with transcriptions and annotations from selected historical and scholarly editions.

Emily Dickinson Museum
Two historic houses in the center of Amherst, MA. Info online about the Museum and Dickinson.

Allen Ginsberg Project
The website of the Allen Ginsberg Estate which offers access to the vast collection of Ginsberg material. Published and never-before-published text, photos, hand-written documents and audio and video materials representing Allen's life-work.


Teaching Poetry Online
Resources for Parents, Teachers, and others, from the Poetry Foundation

Virtual Tiny Poets Time: Online Program for Kids from Poets House

Join Tiny Poets Superstar Charles Waters as he reads and sings children's poems and songs. The daily video series from 2020 is perfect for toddlers and other youngsters. Bring your poet ears and dancing shoes! 


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