Arts & Life Editor
The Academy of American Poets introduced April as National Poetry Month in 1996 to generate excitement about poetry — and it worked.
National Poetry Month has become the largest literary celebration in the world. With events like Dear Poet 2015, Poem in Your Pocket Day and Poetry & the Creative Mind, poets everywhere are encouraging young adults to pick up a poem, and The University is doing the same.
The University is welcoming poet Ada Limon Wednesday. Limon is the author of “Lucky Wreck,” “This Big Fake World” and “Sharks in the Rivers.” She is a distinguished poet who has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. Limon is working on her fourth book, “Bright Dead Things.”
National Poetry Month celebrates the positive effects of poetry. The editor-in-chief at “Mind, Music, and Language,” Adam Croom, used psychologist Martin Seligman to expand on poetry’s potential in his article “The Practice of Poetry and the Psychology of Well-Being.”
“In ‘Flourish,’ the psychologist Martin Seligman proposed that psychological well-being consists of ‘PERMA: positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning, and accomplishment,’”
Croom said in his article. “The recent literature on poetry therapy has also suggested that poetry practice may be utilized as ‘an effective therapeutic tool’ for patients suffering from a variety of ailments, so it seems plausible that practicing poetry can positively contribute to one flourishing with greater psychological well-being.”
Poetry can be a useful tool for mental health in addition to its literary benefit. Pick up a poem and come to Limon’s poetry reading to celebrate National Poetry Month.
Tweet about poetry events using #npm15 and follow @POETSorg for nationwide poetry events taking place within the month.