This April marks the twentieth anniversary of National Poetry Month, the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives.

In celebration, the Academy of American Poets contributed a feature to Poetry magazine for which we asked poets, leaders of poetry organizations, and publishers to respond to the question: What should poets and poetry readers be thinking about or doing for the next thirty days? Among the people who responded were poets Edward Hirsch, Richard Blanco, and Houston Youth Poet Laureate Andrew White.

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