NH Celebrates Poetry Online

In honor of National Poetry Month, the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library will host an online celebration of New Hampshire poets and poetry. Visit the blog Book Notes. Each day in April the Center will feature a different Granite State poet on its blog. The Last Leather Thimble in Peterborough by Hancock, NH poet Rodger Martin is today’s poem of the month.

National Poem in Your Pocket Day 2009 Buttons
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A variety of poets have signed up to participate in the celebration—many whose work is well known, and some who may be a wonderful new discovery. The featured poets will be revealed one at a time as their work is featured on the blog, making the event a month-long reading and learning experience.

“New Hampshire has so many wonderful poets that choosing only 30 to feature was a challenge,” said Mary Russell, director of the NH Center for the Book. “Our hope is that by using social networking tools, like widgets and our Facebook page, we will be able to bring our celebration of National Poetry Month to a wider audience than we could with a traditional one-time-only reading.”

Those with blogs and websites can add the New Hampshire Celebrates Poetry widget and other free widgets at Widgetbox.

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month brings together publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools, and poets around the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.

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