April is National Poetry Month! Here at the Library we have selected a few new, modern, and classic titles for your enjoyment and exploration of the art form. JKM Library has a very strong collection of books on poetry from appreciation to writing to teaching to samplings of verse from around the world. The Library also has a strong collection of poetry from the Pittsburgh area and from Pennsylvania, as well as faculty publications and independent chapbooks. The Library’s own Amy Lee Heinlen, along with many others, published a chapbook in the most recent chapbook class through the Creative Writing Department.
Philip Levine has been selected Poet Laureate for the 2011-2012 year. Levine is known for his direct and tense verses on 20th century working class life. You can listen to a poetry reading and interview with Levine archived by the Library of Congress or check out a few select poets at the Academy of American Poets site.
Sadly, in March we lost one of America’s most influential poets, Adrienne Rich. Her quote on poetry relates beautifully to what can be found in its reading and its creation: “Poetry is above all a concentration of the power of language, which is the power of our ultimate relationship to everything in the universe.” Take some time, now that the semester is winding down, and check out some poetry. You’ll be glad you did.