Academy of American Poets
Sam Sax is the author of Madness (Penguin, 2017) winner of The National Poetry Series and ‘Bury It’ (Wesleyan University
What began as a modest effort (inspired by federally designated occasions like Women's History Month in March) to highlight the cultural contributions of poets, promote the sales and distribution of poetry books, and encourage the reading and teaching of poems, has become a phenomenon positively impacting the state of poetry in the United States.
When I teach a new group of poets, I often ask who knows some poetry by heart, and it turns out that many of them do.
What works for one person may not work for another; you alone know what kind of reading experiences will excite and/or move you. But I do think you have to read, to become a (better) poet; and I do think the internet can provide some remarkable avenues to do said reading.
We're past the halfway mark, but happy Poetry Month, anyway. It's still April after all. And while taxes (for most of us) are done, poetry is still going strong.