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Celebrate National Poetry Month with Free Poetry

Complimentary April issue distributed to book clubs and reading groups

January 6, 2011

CHICAGO — The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is pleased to announce a giveaway of Poetry in celebration of National Poetry Month. A limited number of free copies of the April 2011 issue of Poetry magazine will be available to book clubs and reading groups that request them by February 20. Issues will ship in late March, and reading groups will receive their copies for consideration during National Poetry Month. Reading communities will be able to discuss thought-provoking Poetry content—both commentary and poems—or simply read the issue aloud.

Participants in past giveaways have appreciated more poetry as a result of sharing the magazine with their reading groups. As one of last year’s participants reported, “People . . . understood and liked more poems in the issue than they originally did before we met. If people could meet, read, and discuss poems together, they would read and enjoy more poetry.”

Other participants have appreciated the benefits of sharing poetry together so much that they have created new discussion groups wholly dedicated to the genre. A member of one such group wrote to Poetry’s editors: “This was a beautiful issue. An unexpected outcome—some of us have decided to spearhead a regular poetry reading group!”

Requests, including only one mailing address per reading group, will be accepted online through www.poetryfoundation.org/npm. Because of the cost of shipping and handling, each group is limited to 10 free copies. In return, the magazine asks for a brief account of your group’s experience.

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About Poetry
Founded in Chicago by Harriet Monroe in 1912, Poetry is the oldest monthly devoted to verse in the English-speaking world. Monroe’s “Open Door” policy, set forth in Volume 1 of the magazine, remains the most succinct statement of Poetry’s mission: to print the best poetry written today, in whatever style, genre, or approach. The magazine established its reputation early by publishing the first important poems of T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Marianne Moore, Wallace Stevens, H.D., William Carlos Williams, Carl Sandburg, and other now-classic authors. In succeeding decades it has presented—often for the first time—works by virtually every major contemporary poet.

About the Poetry Foundation
The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. The Poetry Foundation seeks to be a leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry by developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging new kinds of poetry through innovative literary prizes and programs. For more information, please visit www.poetryfoundation.org.

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