April is Poetry Month

Not being a big poetry reader myself, I’m curious to know if book groups ever consider reading poetry collections for Poetry Month.

Would they be as discussable?  Would you pick a few poems in particular to have everyone read, and then people could comment on others they liked individually?

Poets.org has some interesting information on starting and running a poetry book group, with great tips on how to choose a poem or a volume, how to run the discussion, and lists of suggestions.

If you or your library has ever done poetry for a book discussion, I’d love to hear about it!



About the Author:

Rebecca Vnuk is the editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach at Booklist. She is also the author of 3 reader’s-advisory nonfiction books: Read On…Women’s Fiction (2009), Women’s Fiction: A Guide to Popular Reading Interests (2014), and Women’s Fiction Authors: A Research Guide (2009). Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_RVnuk.

2 Comments on "April is Poetry Month"

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  1. judy.mowrey@gmail.com' Judy Mowrey says:

    One of my book groups celebrated Poetry Month last year and enjoyed the experience so much we are repeating it this month. Everyone was asked to bring one or two poems to read to the group. The reader sat in a special chair, and introduced the poem or poems before reading to the group. It was a wide-ranging collection, from classics to contemporary, even song lyrics. It was one of the best meetings all year!

  2. kkraushaar@quincylibrary.org' Katie Kraushaar says:

    Two of the four book clubs I facilitate are reading poetry this month! One group read/listened to John Lithgow’s “The Poets’ Corner”–excellent, accessible, personal favorites of Lithgow. Every member at the meeting was very pleased with the scope and readability of the poems that were included. Also, the short bio material for each poet was not overwhelming, so none of the members felt intimidated by the book.
    My other group is bringing in personal favorites–poets, poems, songs, anthologies–to share with the group. We will read a few, talk about what drew us to those particular poems or poets, and generally immerse ourselves in poetry.


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