Poetry

Poetry in all its forms including classic selections from our Literature Department, Haikus, poetry for children, and poetry with special appeal for tweens and teens. Read poets from diverse cultures and in other languages, as well as watch documentaries about poets and fictional films based on their lives or featuring their poetry.

Poetry

Links

  • American Life in Poetry
    Former Poet Laureate Ted Kooser posts a short poem each week. You can also browse the archive.
  • An Incomplete History of Slam: A Biography of an Evolving Poetry Movement
    This website focuses on the development of slam poetry and slam poetry contests from the 1970s to now.
  • Favorite Poem
    The website from former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky dedicated to celebrating, documenting and promoting poetry's role in Americans' lives. Contains many videos of people reading their favorite poems.
  • Poetry 180
    From the Library of Congress, this project aims to post one poem for each day of a typical school year. From their site: “Poems can inspire and make us think about what it means to be a member of the human race. By just spending a few minutes reading a poem each day, new worlds can be revealed.”
  • Poetry Magazine
    Read the latest issue, read and listen to articles and podcasts in the archive.
  • Poets.org
    “Launched in 1996, Poets.org is the award-winning website of the Academy of American Poets. Visitors to Poets.org will find thousands of poems as well as hundreds of poet biographies, essays, interviews, and poetry recordings—with new material being added constantly. Also available are resources such as the National Poetry Map, a national events calendar, and poetry lesson plans for teachers. Poets.org receives a million visitors each month, making it the most popular site about poetry on the web.”
  • Representative Poetry Online
    An incredible set of poetry indexes, including poets, alphabetically by last name or chronologically, poems, by title, first line or last line, a timeline, of poets, poems, and events, a calendar, the year's days, a keyword search of words in the poem, a glossary, of poetic terms and form, a writings on poetry, by great poets and reader, a bibliography and links.

Poetry - Poets on Film by explore

Documentaries about poets and fictional films based on their lives or featuring their poetry.

View the full list

Poetry in Translation (6 items)

Take pleasure in reading poets from other languages and cultures.

Poetry - Novels in Verse (5 items)

Poetry with special appeal for tweens and teens.

Poetry - Haiku (13 items)

A poetry form which transcends its traditional roots.

Poetry - Great Contemporary Poetry (5 items)

Selections from the Literature Department.

Poetry - Children's Poetry for Everyone (7 items)

The young and the young at heart will relish children’s poetry for all ages.

Poetry - New Poetry for Children (16 items)

Enjoy new poetry books for children

Electronic Resources

Upcoming Events


Blog Posts

10 New Year's Resolutions the Free Library Can Help You Keep!

'Tis the season for goal-setting! You might be feeling merry and motivated right now, but as the year gallops along, don't let your resolve wane. Lean on the Free Library to keep your resolutions! Our mission, of course is to…

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Poetry Room: Listening through Reading

"How to Triumph Like a Girl" , a poem by the dynamic Ada Limón , won’t get out of my head (and I don’t want it to). I read it the day after the election and it stuck fast. I sent it to a few friends, read it…

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How Well Do You Know Native American Authors Sherman Alexie and Louise Erdrich?

It’s National Native American Heritage Month and the Free Library of Philadelphia is celebrating by reading books by authors who write about their Native heritage. We’re especially enjoying works by Sherman Alexie and Louise…

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Poetry Room: Joy and Grief in Poems

I wrote an essay for an anthology by poets on poetry a couple of years ago about owning one’s subject matter, taking responsibility for the themes that continually crop up, and stewarding and loving them, no matter that they might…

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Patti Smith - Anything Is Possible

Patti Smith —poet, punk, and provocateur all rolled into one scorching soul, will be appearing at the Free Library this evening for a waaaaaaaay sold out Author Event to discuss her new book M Train . The book is a bit of a…

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The Search for Philadelphia's Next Poet Laureate Is On!

For this installment of the Poetry Room, we're going to shift to the local. Philadelphia is looking for its next Poet Laureate ! Supported via the Mayor's Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy, the search is on now…

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Poetry Room: Weirdness and Off-the-wall Poems and Poets

Welcome to Poetry Room blog post #2. Remember the whole “poetry is weird and difficult and often written with seemingly hidden clues designed to stymie the average reader” theme from our last post ?  Let's talk more…

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Three Book Award Winners for Children to Check Out

Three Award Winners to Check Out You might ask your dentist to recommend a good toothpaste, buy a sneaker endorsed by a professional basketball player or pick a veterinarian-approved pet food for your fuzzy best friend. Likewise, if you…

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Poets and Poetry: A Monthly Blog Series

Poetry is weird. It's that dull thing about a lark or a road your high school teacher made you memorize. It's a bunch of words strung together in such a way to make you feel not-so-bright. It's what you feel a little bad…

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Edgar Allan Poetry

Looking out the window across the city on a rainy and dreary day, my mind always turns to Poe. What better author to shine a creepy candlelight on at this time of year than Edgar Allan Poe ? The Master of Macabre, the Grand Guignol of…

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Apply today to be Philadelphia's next Poet Laureate!

The search for the next Poet Laureate for the City of Philadelphia is on! Are you an enthusiastic, established poet who lives in the city and wishes to be an ambassador for the art form? Do you know someone who is? Applications are…

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Spine Poetry Photo Shoot

Teen Tuesday celebrated National Poetry Month with a Spine Poetry Photo Shoot. Let's see your spine poems!  

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Preschool Poetry

April is National Poetry Month! Sharing poems and songs with your preschool-aged children helps get them ready to read. Nursery rhymes and nonsense verse are especially great in the way they expand children’s imaginations, and…

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Teen Poetry Slam!

Every year, teen poets and spoken word artists come together to blow us away with their words and performances-- Teen Poetry Slam returns to the Free Library on Friday, April 5! If you’re coming out to perform, this is what you…

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Happy World Poetry Day!

 Although it may seem like every day brings a new national or international holiday to celebrate, today, March 21, is particularly noteworthy (and comes with UNESCO's seal of approval): it's World Poetry Day! As the…

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Happy Birthday to You, Dear Edgar

Whether it's classic poems and literature, ties to Philadelphia, spooky undertones, or a great performance that interests you, the Free Library of Philadelphia's celebration of Edgar Allan Poe's 200th birthday has something…

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Rare Book Department Celebrates Edgar Allan Poe

What better day than October 1, the first of a celebrated spooky month, to open an exhibition on the oft-macabre writer, Edgar Allan Poe? Parkway Central Library’s Rare Book Department is celebrating the 200th birthday of Poe with…

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This Means War . . . Poetry

Thankless too for peace, (Peace long preserved by fleets and perilous seas) Secure from actual warfare, we have loved To swell the war-whoop, passionate for war! from "Fears in Solitude" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge   The…

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Poet of the Week | William Stafford

William Stafford was born in Kansas in 1914. He attended the Universities of Kansas and Iowa. He was a conscientious objector during World War II and worked in the alternative service camps. He married Dorothy Hope Frantz in 1944 and…

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