Posted on: April 1, 2021 Posted by: Glacier Staff Comments: 0

Poetry is popular. Who knew?

Today marks the beginning of National Poetry Month, but it appears poetry is becoming celebrated year-round.

During 2020, traffic to poems on surged 116 percent over the previous year, according to the website of the Academy of American Poets – the largest increase since launched 25 years ago.

Meanwhile, books of poetry are topping best seller lists, and Amanda Gorman is becoming a household name after the splash she made as national poet laureate during the presidential inauguration in January.

National Poetry Month, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, was started by the Academy of American Poets “to celebrate the integral role that poets and poetry have in our culture.”

Student poet I’ana Lomax reads her poem, “The Thing About Love,” one of the entries in the MV Poetry Contest.

Moraine Valley is launching its own celebration of National Poetry Month with the new MV Poetry Contest & Virtual Coffeehouse, co-sponsored by The Glacier and the library. Students have been asked to submit videos of themselves reading their original poems, with winners to be announced live during the virtual coffeehouse event April 15.

In the days leading up to the event, The Glacier will post the videos. Our first submission, “The Thing About Love,” comes from I’ana Lomax, who describes her poem as “dedicated to all kinds of love. Love can be simple, but it can also be complicated. This piece embraces love in all of its forms.”

To attend the free Virtual Coffeehouse event, which will take place via WebEx from 3-4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 15, members of the Moraine community and the community at large should register here.