For National Poetry Month, #NPRpoetry Brought Out Listeners' Best Verses It was a simple idea: Would you, our listeners, tweet us poems for National Poetry Month? Your response contained multitudes — haiku, lyrics, even one 8-year-old's ode to her dad's bald spot.
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A Glimpse Of Listeners' #NPRpoetry — From The Punny To The Profound

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A Glimpse Of Listeners' #NPRpoetry — From The Punny To The Profound

A Glimpse Of Listeners' #NPRpoetry — From The Punny To The Profound

A Glimpse Of Listeners' #NPRpoetry — From The Punny To The Profound

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Poetry, from out of the digital ether.
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Just about a month ago, we introduced a simple idea. And we did it simply. With just a tweet or two, All Things Considered called on listeners to help us celebrate National Poetry Month (April, in case you didn't know). We'd supply the hashtag, or so this simple idea went, and all of you would supply the good stuff — the lines, the lyrics, the sweeping odes and potent gut punches.

Simple at the outset, sure — but your response contained multitudes.

Haiku. Tanka. Tributes to parents balding, or overbearing (and bears, too). Matters of bone and spirit, food and fulsome politics. Poems in at least three languages, poems from at least four different classrooms across the country (including even a third grade class). And a single lost feather, borne to earth on an idle breeze.

Of course, we can't hope to name all the poems that moved us. Please, instead, accept just a few of our favorites from this fruitful month of poetry, read aloud often by the very poets themselves. In one case, Whiting Award-winning poet Ocean Vuong picked his own favorite to read for us.

Read and listen to them below — divided imperfectly into two categories, the latter of which you can skip to with the following link — or just head here to wade deeply into all the thousands of miniature works of art our listeners wrote.

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The Funny Stuff

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The white dog watches.
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Heather Kohser

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Shelby Boehm


The Profound

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Lost by Icarus?
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Ocean Vuong, reading Mike Cecconi

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Kathleen Gresham Everett

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Susan Crane

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Tommy Welty

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Phil Boiarski

Yahia Lababidi

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Kat Wedmore

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Tia Shearer

Sherri Drake