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"For poems are not, as people think, simply emotions (one has emotions early enough)—they are experiences." 

                           —Rainer Maria Rilke


 National Poetry Month (April) is one of many programs of the Academy of American Poets created to encourage the year-round, life-long reading of poetry. The concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern. (

 Image: An Owl and Two Eastern Bullfinches, from an Album 'Birds Compared in Humorous Songs, Contest of Poetry of the 100 and 1000 Birds', 1791 (Color Woodblock Print ). Credo Reference.


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