National Poetry Month

"Poetry surprises and deepens our sense of the ordinary. Poetry tells us that the world is full of wonder, revelation, consolation, and meaning."
Tracy K. Smith
U.S. Poet Laureate (2017- )

National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives every April. – from

Poetry Activities at the Goffstown Public Library

  • Take home a Blackout Poetry Kit – available on the second floor through April.

Blackout poetry is an easy way to flex your creative muscles by transforming the words on a random page of text into a poem of your own design. We’ll provide the materials, how-to guide, and inspiration–all you need is a black marker! Want to share your completed works? Return your poems to the library before the end of April to be part of a special display on the second floor.

  • NH Humanities logoStrange Terrain: How Not To Get Poetry and Let It Get You Instead

Tuesday, April 19 at 6:30pm
Alice Fogel, former New Hampshire Poet Laureate, takes you through seven simple steps, and one hard one, toward understanding and appreciating more elements of poetry than you ever thought you could. In the end, you’ll see that you already knew them all along. This workshop is your quick, self-help program for “getting” poems. Fogel helps you develop your own confident relationship with poetry’s shapes, words, images, sounds, emotions, mysteries, and more. This event is made possible by a grant from New Hampshire Humanities.

Looking for more? Search the catalog, or give us a call at 603-497-2102 if you’d like staff suggestions. You can also visit the hoopla app for additional e-books and e-audiobooks titles.

Visit for 30 Ways to Celebrate the 25th Annual National Poetry Month at Home or Online, including suggestions for reading, inspiration for writing, and links to their Poem-a-Day sign-up.