It's National Poetry Month, a time when poems and poets get an extra bit of appreciation. Not to be overlooked are novels in verse. I like this simple description of the form from NoveList's Krista Biggs: "Novels in verse showcase a variety of poetic forms and techniques while telling great stories."
Keep reading for a list of titles that do just that.
AUDACITY BY MELANIE CROWDER: "A historical fiction novel in verse detailing the life of Clara Lemlich and her struggle for women's labor rights in the early 20th century in New York."
INSIDE OUT & BACK AGAIN BY THANHHA LAI: "Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama."
KARMA BY CATHY OSTLERE: "Fifteen-year-old half Hindu, half Sikh Maya, having traveled from Canada to New Delhi to put her mother's ashes in their final resting place, finds herself in the middle of chaos after Indira Gandhi is assassinated and must disguise her identity and rely on a boy she just met in order to be reunited with her father and remain safe."
AFTER THE KISS BY TERRA ELAN MCVOY: "A novel in verse which follows the thoughts and frustrations of Becca and Camille, both involved with Alec, as they go through their final semester of high school."
THE REALM OF POSSIBILITY BY DAVID LEVITHAN: "A variety of students at the same high school describe their ideas, experiences, and relationships in a series of interconnected free verse stories."
SOLD BY PATRICIA MCCORMICK: "Thirteen-year-old Lakshmi leaves her poor mountain home in Nepal thinking that she is to work in the city as a maid only to find that she has been sold into the sex slave trade in India and that there is no hope of escape."
UNDER THE MESQUITE BY GUADALUPE GARCIA MCCALL: "Throughout her high school years, as her mother battles cancer, Lupita takes on more responsibility for her house and seven younger siblings, while finding refuge in acting and writing poetry."
Since 1996, April has been declared National Poetry Month, a time to celebrate poetry and its influence in our culture. If you're a fan of this art form or are simply curious about it, keep on reading and get inspired.
WHAT MAKES A POEM A POEM?
If you've ever asked that question, watch this video. Educator Melissa Kovacs shares different forms of poetry in this short animated piece.
This is the original daily poetry series featuring new, unpublished poems, as well as a few classics. Sign up right here to get poems delivered to your inbox every day.
Here's another option for daily poetry geared specifically to high school students. This site shares a poem for every day of the school year. You can view all of those poems here. (This one is a personal favorite.)
This site is a great option when you're looking for a specific type of poem. You can browse by subject, occasion, poetic term, and more. Another resource this site offers is a page dedicated to audio and podcasts.
Spotify is known for streaming music, but you can also listen to poetry. Check out this playlist of Shakespeare's sonnets and this collection of poems by women.
Writer Austin Kleon is known for his newspaper blackout technique, which you can see here. Grab a newspaper, a marker, and give this a try yourself.
What are some of your favorite sources for poetry? Leave a comment and let us know!