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It's National Poetry Day (sort of)

Poetry is not a luxury

Audre Lorde

Care to share a line or verse from your favorite poem? Post it below. Thanks!

Here in America (and Canada), we celebrate National Poetry Month each April. 30 days of verse streaming across social media. Books of poetry prominently placed on bookstore shelves.

Our friends in the U.K. celebrate National Poetry Day today (October 1). If you're on Twitter you've seen dozens of tweets with the #nationalpoetryday hashtag. National Poetry Day was founded in 1994 by the charity Forward Arts Foundation, whose mission is to celebrate excellence in poetry and increase its audience.

A poet’s work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.

Salman Rushdie

In a happy coincidence, England's National Poetry Day falls on the same day this year as the Emily Dickinson Museum's monthly Amherst Arts Night Plus. In the mood for some poetry to kick off your October? Tonight's program of remote poetry readings begins at 6:30 p.m. and it's free to attend. Register here.

Looking for more remote poetry events, visit the Albany Poets website at

Poetry is what gets lost in translation.

Robert Frost


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