National Poetry Month is almost over, but poetry is something we should celebrate all year long. I used to just read poems in isolation, but recently I’ve begun to check out poetry volumes.
After watching a session on teaching poetry at the 2020 NCTE Convention by #TeachLivingPoets founder Melissa Alter Smith and APLitHelp.com Educator Susan Barber, I decided to check out volumes of poetry. Listening to them discuss how a poetry volume by a single author has a narrative and the placement of the poems isn’t random but strategic in order to create that narrative really intrigued me.
So I am checking out the following books of poetry right now: Counting Descent by Clint Smith, Black Girl, Call Home by Jasmine Mans and The BreakBeat Poets vol.4: LatiNext edited by Felicia Rose Chavez, José Olivarez and Willie Perdomo.
Are you reading any poetry right now? Do you have a favorite volume of poetry or have one in your TBR pile? Let me know in the comments.