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 (19 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

Teens Explore Social Justice at the Free Library

by Timmy Lawrence and Geneva Williams, members of the Youth Planning Committee for the 2018 Social Justice Symposium for Teens. Today, more than ever, social issues have reached a pivotal point in our society. Although injustice may…

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Art, Gardens, and Stories: Making Philadelphia Home

[ Editor's note: We librarians offer literally thousands of programs every year. It's a special thrill to get formal feedback from our audiences. We can't publish every review we get, but we're overjoyed to have gotten…

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YAWP! Happy 199th birthday, Walt Whitman

At the end of the film Dead Poets Society , the students who loved their professor, Mr. Keating (played by Robin Williams ), stand up on their desks and proclaim, "O Captain, My Captain" as a sign of allegiance and respect.…

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Passion = Poetry: Be the Next Youth Poet Laureate!

There’s something about writing poetry that sparks the need to shape the community around us. It inspires us to engage with others, it encourages reflection—and it incites change. Maybe conveying some larger truth within a…

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Embrace the Sacred and Interstellar Through the Art and Poetry of Stellar Masses

Yolanda Wisher is back! She left us in 2017 as the first Poet Laureate since the Free Library assumed responsibility for nurturing our city's chief word smith. On May 9, 2018 at 6:30 p.m., she's returning as curator with…

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Young Adult Novels in Verse

April is National Poetry Month ! I know what you are thinking—poetry is something assigned to you by a teacher and you kind of understand what the author is saying but maybe not really? Maybe the books you were assigned were a…

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A Voice for Peace, Concord, and Harmony: XII International Poetry Festival in Philadelphia

The Parkway Central Library will present A Voice for Peace, Concord, and Harmony: XII International Poetry Festival in Philadelphia during the global celebration of poetry in the month of lyric and love, May. This event will…

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Celebrate National Poetry Month

It’s April, everyone, and you know what that means – it’s National Poetry Month ! Each year, the Academy of American Poets "highlights the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets" by…

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Teen Central hosts the Philly Slam League for Poetry!

Through May, the Teen Center is partnering with the Philly Slam League  to host its 8th season at Parkway Central Library . The program will draw hundreds of teens and their supporters from week to week to host a friendly and…

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Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection: Mahler and Voices

Saturday, March 3, 2018, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Gustav Mahler (1860–1911). Kindertotenlieder (1901–1904) Mahler . Des Knaben Wunderhorn , excerpts (1892–1899) It’s been said that Edwin Fleisher did not like…

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The Free Library Announces Philadelphia's Next Poet Laureate

The Free Library's Center for Public Life is thrilled to announce the 2018–2019 Philadelphia Poet Laureate— Raquel Salas Rivera , a Puerto Rican poet and translator who writes in both English and Spanish. Raquel…

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"Vines": A Poem About Libraries by Philadelphia Poet Laureate, Yolanda Wisher

In celebration of the reopenings of our four new 21st Century Libraries , Yolanda Wisher — Philadelphia’s 2016–2017 Poet Laureate —penned an original poem. She read this work in advance of the ribbon cutting at…

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The 22nd Season of Our Monday Poets Reading Series Begins in October

The Monday Poets Reading Series at the Free Library started as a reading group of local poets 22 years ago, sponsored by the Literature Department, and it is now a hallmark program of the Free Library’s new Center for Public…

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The Free Library Welcomes the Philadelphia Poet Laureate Program

We didn’t think we could love poetry any more than we already do here at the Free Library … but we were wrong. The City of Philadelphia Poet Laureate program —which has flourished in the five years since it was…

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Are You the Poetry 'Type'?

What if an entire community wrote one line each on a vintage Underwood Typewriter to create a really, really, long poem? Would it bring world peace? Would love abound? Would we become a united nation?  One can hope, right? On April…

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There's Poetry Everywhere!

Imagine this: Your friends, and your associates, and the people around you, and the environment that you live in, and the speakers around you, and the communicators around you are the poetry makers. If your mother tells you stories, she…

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It's World Poetry Day!

When UNESCO declared March 21 World Poetry Day in 1999, they had in mind building connections through our oral and written traditions and finding commonality among the feelings and questions that make us human. What better way, in this…

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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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