16th ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF NATIONAL POETRY MONTH
FAVORITE POEM PROJECT
How it all began...
United States Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky began the Favorite Poem Project back in 1998. It was designed to bring communities together by celebrating, documenting and encouraging poetry’s role in our lives. As a result, in small towns and cities across America, firemen, teachers, farmers, nurses, doctors, carpenters, plumbers, factory workers, children, policemen, vets, seniors, etc - poets and non-poets alike - come together every April to share their favorite poems.
2021 Favorite Poem Project
In partnership with our friends at Conkling Hall, the 2021 Favorite Poem Project gathering occurred online via YouTube.
25 poet-participants read (and sang) both favorite and original poems. And because the event was virtual, participants were able to share their poems from their homes in Maine, Vermont and Virginia, and attendees tuned in from as far away as Ireland!
You can tune in from wherever you are, too! Click the button below to watch a video of the whole event.
2020 My Favorite Poem Project
In 2020, in the face of social distancing requirements due to COVID-19,we asked people to send us their favorite poems by email to be posted on our website and Facebook pages rather than staging a 2-hour event. Each day in April, a My Favorite Poem was posted. The complete text of the poems appear below:
2021 Virtual Celebration
National Poetry Month
The 5th Annual Poem-A-Day Project, hosted by the Rensselaerville Library in celebration of National Poetry Month, showcasing a poem for each of the 30 days of April written by a local or not-so-local poet.
Check it out by clicking on the 2021 button below.
2021 COMMUNITY POEM
Remember to Pause, Pause to Remember:
A Community Poem
In April 2021, Rensselaerville Library invited Community members to contribute to a Community Poem, a compilation of verse written to commemorate the year gone by.
The verses, submitted by 21 poets aged 7-70+, were compiled into a poem titled, I Remember. It was premiered at the Library's May 29 Cocktail Party. The poem and the unedited verses are published below:
Poetry Month 2015, friends and neighbors far and wide grew the community poem "Song of Ourselves".