When people think of April, there are a couple of things that might immediately come to mind like April Fools’ or April showers…but one thing that you might not have known about this fourth month of the year is that it’s also National Poetry Month (follow this link to learn more!). Yes, April does in fact have more to offer than just practical jokes and soggy weather—and given the latter, curling up with a poem or two (or ten) could just be what we all need!

If you enjoy reading literature from the past, these collections are great—since 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge, this anthology of poetry from the First World War is timely. And while this next collection might not actually be from ancient Egypt, who could resist verses composed by the greats like John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Alfred Tennyson? If you’re more inclined towards more modern poets, Extravagant Stranger: A Memoir in Prose Poetry should do the trick!

You might also be interested in literature from around the world, in which case these collections should be perfect. First off (and no bias here!), The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2016 is a must-have for any anyone interested in contemporary Canadian poets. Over on the British Isles, The Wake Forest Series of Irish Poetry Vol IV has a great sampling of Irish voices, and The Other Tiger: Recent Poetry from Latin America gathers in translation from Spanish the works of several well-known poets who explore themes related to the experiences of the peoples of Latin America.

Poetry doesn’t need to be just for adults though! There’s a great series geared towards children, two of which feature the poems of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman, together with some wonderful illustrations.

And finally, if you feel like sharing your love of poetry for all to see, consider these wall calendars— whether you want to express your love of haikus and appreciation for Japanese culture or your “adulting” woes, these are great for proudly displaying around your home!

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