Writing

Top 10 Poems to Celebrate National Poetry Month

In an effort to encourage a lifelong love of poetry, the Academy of American Poets established April as National Poetry Month. The monthlong celebration includes poetry-themed events, inspirational resources, educational materials and poetry parties across the country.

Houston has joined in the celebration with several poetry readings around town including the Houston Public Library's Public Poetry reading series, Inprint's First Friday Poetry Reading Series and the beloved annual A Poem A Day campaign presented by the Writers in the Schools.

To celebrate National Poetry Month, we wanted to share a few stanzas from our top ten favorite poems for your pleasure. 10. If You Forget Me by Pablo Neruda But if each day, each hour, you feel that you are destined for me with implacable sweetness, if each day a flower climbs up to your lips to seek me, ah my love, ah my own, in me all that fire is repeated, in me nothing is extinguished or forgotten, my love feeds on your love, beloved, and as long as you live it will be in your arms without leaving mine

9. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight, And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way, Do not go gentle into that good night.

8. The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference

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Abby Koenig
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