Wyatt’s World: Nine Ways To Celebrate National Poetry Month with Audio, Text & Video

To celebrate the beating heart of literature, consider these multiple ways to experience poetry.


These three new or forthcoming titles are representative of the brightest voices in contemporary poetry:

  • On the North Slope: Poems by Catharine Savage Brosman (Mercer University Press)
  • On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths by Lucia Perillo (Copper Canyon)
  • That Said: New and Selected Poems by Jane Shore (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)


  • Bright Star. Saturated in verse, Jane Campion’s film about Keats and Fanny Brawne is a visual and aural treasure.
  • Dead Poets Society. Peter weir’s modern classic that shows how poetry can shape a life.
  • HOWL. Rob Epstein’s and Jeffrey Friedman’s exploration, including some wonderful animation, of Allen Ginsberg’s iconic poem of the same name.


Nothing serves poetry better than to be read aloud. Blackbird: an online journal for literature and the arts often presents audio recordings of poets reading their work including these gems:

A Conversation with Kate Greenstreet:

A Reading by Jake Adam York and Kathleen Graber:

A Reading by Kathleen Graber and Jean Valentine:

(For more info, see the page on Kathleen Graber’s poetry)

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Neal Wyatt About Neal Wyatt

Neal Wyatt compiles LJ's online feature Wyatt's World and is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction (ALA Editions, 2007). She is a collection development and readers' advisory librarian from Virginia. Those interested in contributing to The Reader's Shelf should contact her directly at Readers_Shelf@comcast.net