Poems can inspire and make us think about what it means to be a member of the human race.
– Billy Collins

I like to inspire my day – my improvised day – in different ways. One way is to read a poem (at any time of day). Do you read poetry?

Give poetry a try. Pick a number from 1 to 180. At Poetry 180 (intended for high school students), one can read poems, as described by former Poet Laureate, Billy Collins –

“Welcome to Poetry 180. Poetry can and should be an important part of our daily lives. Poems can inspire and make us think about what it means to be a member of the human race. By just spending a few minutes reading a poem each day, new worlds can be revealed.

Poetry 180 is designed to make it easy for students to hear or read a poem on each of the 180 days of the school year. I have selected the poems you will find here with high school students in mind. They are intended to be listened to, and I suggest that all members of the school community be included as readers. A great time for the readings would be following the end of daily announcements over the public address system.

Listening to poetry can encourage students and other learners to become members of the circle of readers for whom poetry is a vital source of pleasure. I hope Poetry 180 becomes an important and enriching part of the school day.

Billy Collins
Former Poet Laureate of the United States”

If you want to dive deeper, the Poetry and Literature Center of The Library of Congress hosts Poetry & Literature on their site. Prefer to listen? There also are webcasts and podcasts.

913997_10151885984333294_701755636_oMary Oliver, Poet

I enjoy reading poems by Mary Oliver (on Facebook). Thank you to my friend Debbie, who introduced me to Mary Oliver’s The Summer Day several years ago. The Summer Day is included in Poetry 180 as entry #133.

Prefer to hear The Summer Day read by Oliver?


What is your favorite poem? If you tried Poetry 180, do share the poem you read. How can poetry inspire your improvised day?

Poetry | a poem a day

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