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POETRY - April is National Poetry Month

This guide will provide ideas and resources for exploring everything POETRY.

RESERVE a book for class discussion

Visual Poetry

Derek Beaulieu often works at the edges of language, using isolated letters to create visual, instead of verbal, patterns and deconstructing found texts to tease out hidden meanings. His "untitled (for Natalee and Jeremy)," produced for two of his friends, is either a visual poetry epithalamium or simply a joyous celebration of the physical beauties of letter shape and writing. The resulting poem, which is created with press-on type, gains most of its effects from the repetition of identical letters, visual poetry's equivalent to rhyme, consonance, and assonance.—Geof Huth

Jesse Patrick Ferguson is a Canadian visual poet working in both visual and textual forms. His "Mama" shows how little text it takes to make a successful visual poem. Consisting of nothing but the letter "e," variously presented, this poem represents the simple warbling cry of a child. The poem is both a touching visualization of an aural event and a strong example of how xerographic transmogrification can add character and meaning to text.—Geof Huth

by József Bíró

Gustave Morin's primary form is the collage poem. His "toon tune" is a remarkable piece of craftsmanship. Its sixty-three individual fragments of text are cut into the shapes of jigsaw puzzle pieces and are fit perfectly together in a rectangular grid. The "words" of the poem consist almost entirely of the extravagant visualizations of onomatopoeia from comic books, producing a visual symphony of crashes and cries.—Geof Huth

Jörg Piringer works in many forms, including visual, digital, and sound poetry, as well as music. In "fallen," piringer combines a visual sensibility with computer programming skills to tumble text from the English translation of The Communist Manifesto into a pile at the bottom of the page. The result is a mass of letters stripped of their original meaning and representing the failure of an idea.—Geof Huth

Guillaume Apollinaire [1880-1918], part of the Modernist set of artists, writers and thinkers who gathered in Paris around the turn of the century, was a unique poet who combined text and images into a new form of poetry, the Calligramme.

The poem “Forsythia” (1966), by Mary Ellen Solt.

“The Wreck,” by SJ Sloat. In the Winter 2017 issue of Sixth Finch

John Hollander, “Swan and Shadow”

Carole Boston Weatherford

Author ~ Poet ~ Professor

and Jeffrey Boston Weatherford

Artist ~ Poet

will be visiting with BRMS via Zoom on April 15th &16th.

Check them out!

"VISITING" AUTHOR - Carole Boston Weatherford

Mother/son-author/illustrator duo Carole & Jeffery Boston Weatherford


Baltimore-born and -raised, Carole composed her first poem in first grade and dictated the verse to her mother on the ride home from school. Her father, a high school printing teacher, printed some of her early poems on index cards.



Since her literary debut with Juneteenth Jamboree in 1995, Carole’s books have received three Caldecott Honors, two NAACP Image Awards, an SCBWI Golden Kite Award, a Coretta Scott King Author Honor and many other honors.

For career achievements, Carole received the Ragan-Rubin Award from North Carolina English Teachers Association and the North Carolina Literature Award, among the state’s highest civilian honors. She holds an M.A. in publications design from University of Baltimore and an M.F.A. in creative writing from University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She is a Professor of English at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina.

A New York Times best-selling author, Carole is one of the leading poets writing for young people today. She believes that poetry makes music with words. And she mines the past for family stories, fading traditions and forgotten struggles. Her work spans poetry, nonfiction, biography and historical fiction. Her latest releases are Freedom in Congo Square and You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen. Her 40-plus books include many award winners.


Carole Boston Weatherford and her son, Jeffery


Jeff Weatherford  is an award-winning children’s book illustrator, spoken word poet/performer, digital designer, born doodler and former game reviewer. He earned his Master of Fine Arts from Howard University, where he was a Romare Bearden Scholar and his Bachelor’s degree from Winston-Salem State University, where he was a Chancellor’s Scholar majoring in art with a concentration in graphics/animation.

Watch Jeffrey perform his spoken word poetry! NC Bookwatch | Jeffery Boston Weatherford "Footnote" | PBS NC

More Ways to Celebrate Poetry Month -- Poetry of All Sorts!



AMERICAN poetry can be found in the 811 section. 

ENGLISH poetry can be found in the 812 section.


Picture Book Poetry

Picture Book Poetry

Picture Book Poetry

Picture Book Poetry


What is 'novel in verse'? 

Verse novels (novels in verse) are an extraordinary way to read a story. The entire story is written in verse–rather than prose. Prose are usually what fiction books are written in. That means the story is told in sentences which become paragraphs then pages and turn into chapters. In a verse novel the story is told through poems–rhyming or not, it doesn’t matter. Each turn of the page leads to poetry. The rhythm of verse novels becomes hypnotic making this type of book a very quick read.  (Source:Dear Librarian - Ask Me Anything)

When searching our library catalog for this style of poetry, type NOVELS IN VERSE into the Destiny Discover search bar.



RECITE it, DANCE it, SING it.....