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Say hello to National Poetry Month!

Say hello to National Poetry Month!

Today marks the start of National Poetry Month, the monthlong celebration of the verse inaugurated in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets. The April initiative aims to highlight the legacy and achievements of America's poets, and is among the largest literary celebrations in the world.

This year, in bold defiance of gloom over the postal service's recent travails, the academy is focusing on the role correspondence has played in poetry over the years.  It celebrates not just of the epistolary form in poetry but the decades-worth of letters exchanged by poets like Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, Denise...

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