Poem by William Carlos Williams

National Poetry Month begins tomorrow! Once again, I will be devoting the whole month to poetry, although this year I WILL continue to run book reviews on Mondays and Fridays, and I have been reading some REALLY fantastic books! 

This year I decided to run reviews of books of poetry from past years - this is my FOURTH year celebrating National Poetry Month! I will be sharing poems that I love and hope kids will love too. 

I found this thoughtful quote from children's book author and poet J Patrick Lewis, the newest National Children's Poet Laureate taking the helm from the wonderful Mary Ann HobermanIf you need a good reason to read poetry with your children, here it is:

Children rarely gravitate to poetry on their own. It’s an acquired taste. They must be introduced to it early and often by their teachers and parents, the critical influences in their lives.

This quote is taken from an article titled "Can Children's Poetry Matter?" written for Hunger Mountain, the Vermont College of Fine Arts Journal of the Arts.

Here's a poem I never seem to tire of to kick off the celebration...


As the cat
climbed over
the top of

the jamcloset
first the right

then the hind
stepped down

into the pit of
the empty

-William Carlos Williams

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