National Poetry Day

Happy National Poetry Day everyone!

To celebrate, I made some book spine poetry:


A single man
Venus as a boy
Parasites like us
Damned weight
Don’t try this at home

Anyway, now you’ve seen my terrible effort, get yourself some real poetry before the day is over! Here are a few places to start:

Jen Campbell wrote 100 poems in 48 hours to raise money for the Book Bus

Today BBC Radio 4 featured poet Murray Lachlan-Young reading a poem based on the shipping forecast

NPR has collected together its poetry on a dedicated page of its website

Watch Sabrina Mahfouz perform ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun…damental Human Rights’ at the Liberty Human Rights Awards 2015

Chris Riddell shares – and illustrates – his favourite lines of poetry

And of course, you should all watch the incomparable Kate Tempest

Or, you know, you could pick up a book of poetry. I’ll be dipping into Pablo Neruda tonight. How about you?