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National Poetry Month: Choose A Poem

National Poetry Day, Thursday 7 October 2021

Thursday 7 October is National Poetry Day and this year’s theme is ‘Choice’. We’ve got poets, poems, poetry facts and poetry collections to share with all month.

How did National Poetry Day start?
National Poetry Day was founded in 1994 by the charity Forward Arts Foundation, whose mission is to celebrate excellence in poetry and increase its audience. The Day enjoys the support of the BBC, Arts Council England and leading literary and cultural organisations, alongside booksellers, publishers, libraries and schools.

Find out more and get poetry recommendations:

Choose a Poet

We’ve chosen a handful of brilliant poets and poetry styles to share with you from funny Classics for Children to Haiku to Shakespeare to Protest Verse. There is something for everyone.

Poetry is a huge and sprawling genre, there really is a style out there for you. Like us, you may have found poetry lost its shine after doing GCSE English…
We rediscovered poetry through readers coming into the library, library colleagues and through campaigns like National Poetry Day.

Poetry Facts!

Poetry eBooks from BorrowBox

Poetry eBooks by Black Poets

Poetry eBooks can be found on BorrowBox:
Sacrament of the Bodies by Romeo Oriogun
Finna by Nate Marshall
Somebody give this Heart a Pen by Sophia Thakur
A Blood Condition by Kayo Chingonyi
Wicked Enchantment by Wanda Coleman
Somebody Else Sold the World by Adrian Matejka
My Darling from the Lions by Rachel Long
The Tradition by Jericho Brown

Poetry eBooks can be found on BorrowBox:
Many Different Kinds of Love by Michael Rosen
A Poem for Every Summer Day by Allie Esiri
Moonrise by Sarah Crossan
Bright Bursts of Colour by Matt Goodfellow
Cast Away: Poems for our Time by Naomi Shihab Nye
Shakespeare for Everyday of the Year by Allie Esiri
If all the World and Love were Young by Stephen Sexton
Busted Flat Poems by Nigel Bird

Family Poetry Activity with Joseph Coelho


Find out why Joseph Coelho loves writing poetry. Hear him talk about how ‘immediate’ poetry is, how you can ‘dip in and out of it’, and how sometimes, stepping outside and writing on leaves is the perfect way to get started.

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