5 easy ways to read more poetry for National Poetry Month

Because your universe could use more verse.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: We think all writers should read poetry. All year round, in fact, and not just one month out of the year.

But we also think National Poetry Month is the perfect season to usher some more beautiful verse into your regular reading habits.

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Here are some easy (often free!) ways to incorporate more poetry into your writing life. 

Poem-A-Day Newsletter

Start each morning with a poem thanks to Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day newsletter. This is the strategy we recommend if you think you hate poetry: If, at the end of one year, not one poem has struck your fancy, you can unsubscribe guilt-free. But we bet one of those 365 poems may end up unlocking a fondness for poetry in a way you never expected.