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Penrose Apartments is offering a few ideas to help residents of the apartment community ways to celebrate National Poetry Month. We are featuring poems, podcasts, and poetry books to help you get through the month. We hope that you have an April full of poetry!


Read a poem every day for the month of April. We’ve included a poem below to help you get started. The Academy of American Poets has an awesome Poem-a-Day program. It will send a poem to your inbox every day this month. Read, memorize, and appreciate poetry all month long!

Afternoon on a Hill
by Edna St. Vincent Millay

I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.

I will look at cliffs and clouds
With quiet eyes,
Watch the wind bow down the grass,
And the grass rise.

And when lights begin to show
Up from the town,
I will mark which must be mine,
And then start down!


Plenty of great poetry podcasts can help you experience poetry by listening this month. We know you’ll love listening to one of these 11 Podcasts for Poetry Lovers from Book Riot.

Listen to The Poetry Break on your way to work. “The Poetry Break is the result of a partnership with West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman and West Virginia Public Broadcasting. Each episode of this monthly podcast features the work of a different poet and commentary by the host.”


A poetry book is a great way to celebrate your National Poetry Month. Pick up a book and read a poem or two a day. Head to the nearest library to your apartment here in South Arlington, VA for a book of poems by your favorite poet. We have a poetry book recommendation that we think you’ll love.

No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay

“Following the success of her breakout poem, ‘B’, Sarah Kay, in collaboration with illustrator Sophia Janowitz, releases her debut collection of poetry featuring work from the first decade of her career. No Matter the Wreckage presents readers with new and beloved poetry that showcases Kay's talent for celebrating family, love, travel, and unlikely romance between inanimate objects (‘The Toothbrush to the Bicycle Tire’). Both fresh and wise, Kay's poetry allows readers to join her on the journey of discovering herself and the world around her. It is an honest and powerful collection.”

What’s your favorite poetry book? Let us know in the comments. Thanks for reading our post!


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