"Poetry is the breath and finer spirit of all knowledge" – William Wordsworth
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling." – Oscar Wilde
April is our poetry month at #1book140, The Atlantic's Twitter book club. On our nomination page and on our hashtag, readers have been suggesting an exciting diverse mix of anthologies, authors, and individual poems.
This month, let's plan to read together in two ways:
- Vote for a main poetry collection to read for the month
- Post links to your favorites to #1poem140
- The Poetry Foundation mobile app for iOS and Android will help you find poems by author, mood, or famous lines
- Poetry International shares a broad selection of poetry from around the world. Follow them at @poetry_int
- The Poetry Archive and Poetry Society are two great UK organisations which share and explain poetry
- The Academy of American Poets shares poems by Twitter and a Poem-A-Day email
Vote on our Poetry Reading for the Month
The poll, at the bottom of this post, closes at 9 p.m. EST on Thursday, March 28. The choices:
The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry offers a great overview of "the major and well known poets of the twentieth century" writes Timothy Nassau. It's a "moving and impressive book," according to the Poetry Magazine review. It doesn't always offer poets' greatest hits, but its astonishing range of translations will offer us a wonderfully diverse set of poems to choose from and a helpful place to start for further explorations.
The Norton Anthology of Poetry, Shorter Edition is a great one-stop choice for anyone interested in mostly British and American poetry, featuring work by most of the poets suggested by #1book140 readers. It's almost a thousand pages shorter and nearly as expensive as its towering cousin. At 2.2 pounds it could slay a Jabberwock, but by Zephyr's winter traces, it's thorough.