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Background

Launched by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is a month-long
celebration of all things poetry during April. This year marks the 25th anniversary. The Conshohocken
Free Library hopes to celebrate this special anniversary with the Conshohocken community and beyond
with Pop-up Poetry displays.

The Pop-up Poetry displays will be installed for the month of April at various locations around the
borough. Each display will feature a poem that connects thematically with its location. Library patrons
and community members are encouraged to visit each location at their leisure throughout April.

The goal of this celebration is to bring poetry to the local community and encourage the public to
engage with their surroundings in a new and thoughtful way. April is the first full month of Spring, and
after a long winter of isolation the library views this celebration as a meaningful way to safely spend
time outdoors and reconnect with the place we call home.

Connect

Visitors are invited to record themselves reciting the poems and then share on Facebook or Instagram
with #ConshyPoetryMonth. At the end of the month the library will release a video featuring all the
shared recordings and videos in culmination of the celebration.

Write your own poem and participate in Local Voices. Frist, choose a local spot meaningful to you.
Then, write a poem about it! When you’re finished, use this Google Form to submit. It will be added
to the interactive Pop-up Poetry Map along with the poetic offerings of strangers and neighbors alike.
Help us fill up the map with your local voice!

Locations

11th & Fayette
A. A. Garthwaite Stadium (A Field)
The Fellowship House
Conshohocken Dog Park
Conshohocken Free Library
‘feine Coffee
Mary H Wood Park
Schuylkill River Trail
Sutcliffe Park
Veterans’ Memorial Park
Click here to see a map of all locations

Selected Poems

Girls on the Town, 1946, Rita Dove
Like Him, Aaron Smith
Pickup, Alicia Ostriker
Lost Dog, Ellen Bass
Don’t Go Into the Library, Alberto Ríos
Tomorrow is a Place, Sanna Wani
Hope is a thing with feathers, Emily Dickinson
The Negro Speaks of Rivers, Langston Hughes
Loud Outs, George David Clark
Before the Deployment, Jehanne Dubrow

Follow Us:

Instagram @ConshyLibrary
Facebook @ConshyLibrary
#ConshyPoetryMonth

Questions? Kindly direct your emails to hhoy@mclinc.org.