Book of the Month — April 2016 (National Poetry Month)

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And now, it’s time for April’s book!

April is National Poetry Month

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Poetry is a “hit” or “miss” for most people.  While many people love reading and writing poetry, others would rather do without.  I, for one, have always loved poetry.  I was an avid writer in school and still plan to publish a compilation of poems someday.  I think part of the reason that people do not appreciate poetry is because they have not found any poems that speak to them.

This month, I chose Poems to Learn by Heart, compiled by Caroline Kennedy.  As the cover suggests, you will not find any Shakespearean sonnets inside.  Rather, you will discover a collection of simple poems about life’s most treasured events — family, friendship, nature, sports, and more.  Kennedy opens each section with a personal reflection on the topic from her and her family.  These short, remarkable poems are easy to memorize so you can share them again and again.

I feel that this book is designed to be shared together as a family.  Each night, sit down together and have every person read one poem, starting from the beginning.  Take a few minutes after reading the poems to discuss them.  What was the family favorite of the night?  Is there one you want to read again?  You may even consider keeping a few blank notebooks and pencils nearby.  After all, one poem can easily spark another.

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Dave Hoffman