In medieval Latin a florilegium (plural florilegia) was a compilation of excerpts from other writings. The word is from the Latin flos (flower) and legere (to gather): literally a gathering of flowers, or collection of fine extracts from the body of a larger work. It was adapted from the Greek anthologia (ἀνθολογία) “anthology”, with the same etymological meaning.
Today’s new word…florilegium…was “borrowed” from the text in the footer of the poster you see above which describes the poster image as “a florilegium celebrating 20 years of National Poetry Month.” During the month of April, National Poetry Month, we are surrounded by opportunities to read and hear poems…lots of them. Today I want to share a florilegium of poetry resources for you to enjoy during the final days of this month-long-and-beyond celebration of poetry.
The Brian Lehrer Show: April Poetry Lessons. An interview with Gregory Pardlo, the winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his book, Digest.
During this interview the poet offers a challenge to the listeners to create a poem that forces writers to “let go of a secure mode of thinking we are trained in and submit to one that is more intuitive.” He offers instructions for writing a poem that “speaks to the world around us.” Have fun! (There will be two more interviews in April.)
The Poem Farm: a website by children’s writer and teacher, Amy Ludwig Van Derwater. This beautifully constructed website, rich with poetry links and ideas, is available for anyone to peruse. It was recommended to me by one of our TWT co-directors, Kathleen Sokolowski; in turn, I am passing on the recommendation. Especially helpful to educators, but delightful to all poetry lovers.
“I’m Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, and I’ve been sharing poems and lessons here since March 2010. The Poem Farm is a safe place for children to explore poems, and it’s a place for teachers to find poetry teaching ideas. I post on some Mondays and each Friday during the school year, and I welcome you to make yourself cozy here among the words.”
The Academy of American Poets: Poem a Day. When you subscribe to this website you will automatically be sent a poem each day that is available in print form and can be accessed as a recording. New poems are presented during the week; classic poems on weekends.
Poetry 180: A poem a day for American high schools (one for every school day.
A website hosted by the Library of Congress that offers a poem a day for high school students/educators
Visit and tour the birthplace of one of our nation’s most renowned poets: The Walt Whitman Birthplace in Melville, Long Island. The Centre offers a wide variety of programs, many of them poetry-related, including a number of events scheduled for Poetry Month in April. There is also a calendar of poetry readings that include many of Long Island’s best poets, as well as visiting poets. An excellent site for a school trip or a weekend family outing.
Poems on the Air: Every weekday at 6 p.m. (EST) during National Poetry Month, New York’s classical music station WQXR 105.9 FM will feature a special reading of a poem from the Poem-a-Day series. Tune in or visit wqxr.org.
Poetry is a door into the world that anyone can walk through. Read some poems all year long, not just in April. I guarantee it will become a habit!