Celebrate National Poetry Month as part of the Year of Reading Challenge!

This month, you have a chance to win a gift card if your read a book of poetry. Below are some suggested titles put together by staff. Your selection for the drawing doesn’t need to come from this list—it’s just some suggestions if you want help picking a book.

To find out more about The Year of Reading Challenge, check out my blog here. Ready to dive in? Sign up in Beanstack here. It’s never too late to register!



The Song of Roland is a French epic poem, written by an unknown poet in the 11th Century. It is also the Classic Lit Book Club pick for April. If you would like to join us on Wednesday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom, please sign up here. There will be a limited number of hard copies available at the library for checkout, with unlimited copies of the ebook and e-audio on Hoopla Digital.

Light for the World to See by Kwame Alexander

A Brave and Startling Truth by Maya Angelou

Owed by Joshua Bennett

Dissolve by Sherwin Bitsui

Whale Day by Billy Collins

The Bees by Carol Ann Duffy

The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot

A Good Cry by Nikki Giovanni

How We Became Human by Joy Harjo

The Spirit Level by Seamus Heaney

Every Day We Get More Illegal by Juan Felipe Herrera

The Odyssey by Homer

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Good Poems for Hard Times by Garrison Keillor

Earth Keeper by N. Scott Momaday

Crossing the Water by Sylvia Plath

The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe

The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

The Aeneid by Virgil

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