The Poetry Institute Supports The Favorite Poem Project!
This year’s Favorite Poem Project Reading at The Poetry Institute is in June!
It’s not to early to search for your favorite poem!
Here at the Poetry Institute we are BIG fans of the Favorite Poem Project.
What is it you ask?* The Favorite Poem Project is dedicated to celebrating, documenting and encouraging poetry’s role in Americans’ lives. Robert Pinsky, the 39th Poet Laureate of the United States, founded the Favorite Poem Project shortly after the Library of Congress appointed him to the post in 1997.
Robert Pinsky believes that poetry is a vocal art, an art meant to be read aloud. “If a poem is written well, it was written with a poet’s voice and for a voice,” he says. “Reading a poem silently instead of saying a poem is like the difference between staring at sheet music or actually humming or playing the music on an instrument.”
Well then — How can organizers of an Open Mic disagree?
- Maybe it’s your first time reading in public that inspires you to bring a favorite poem
- Maybe you just aren’t ready to share your own work —
- Maybe you are an experienced Open Mic participant but think another poem more suitable for the month because of recent events and what the poem means to you.
Whatever your reason, please feel free to read a Favorite Poem of yours, citing the author of course, at our Open Mic.
Don’t have a Favorite Poem yet? Below are some links that might prove useful in finding one. Take a look and be prepared. We dedicate one Feature each year to the audience reading their Favorite Poems after the Open Mike.
- Favorite Poem Project (including Favorite Poem Archives)
- The Academy of American Poets (Poets.org poem archive)
- From the Fishouse (For poems from emerging voices in poetry today)
Feel free to share your favorite poems in comments below. Tell us why it’s one of your favorite poems. (Please respect copyright restrictions and give authors and websites appropriate credit).
*text in these paragraphs courtesy of The Favorite Poem Project Website