Just when I begin to worry that the pounding rain on my Pacific Northwest roof may drive me mad, the Academy of American Poets sweeps in to soothe my spirit with National Poetry Month. It's a balm for the soul and a wellspring of writing inspiration. My favorite feature of the month is the Poem-A-Day, but there's plenty of word beauty from which to choose, so please do celebrate in your own way.
And here are a few beautiful, recent verse novels (MG and YA, fiction and nonfiction) to add to your poetic reading list:
There's also a pretty cool list of upcoming YA verse over at Stacked.