Observing National Poetry Month (Around the World)

by Sampsonia Way  and Raina Bradford-Jennings  /  April 28, 2014  / No comments


The Academy of American Poets initiated National Poetry Month in April of 1996 to “increase the visibility and availability of poetry in popular culture while acknowledging and celebrating poetry’s ability to sustain itself in the many places where it is practiced and appreciated.”

Throughout the years, Sampsonia Way has highlighted the work of various poets in all forms – published, unpublished, and performed. As a conclusion to National Poetry Month, we bring you a collection of those works from some of the poets who have contributed to both the pages and stages of Sampsonia Way.

These poets hail from a wide range of locations including Burma, Tunisia, India, the Netherlands, Botswana, and more. We are pleased to bring them all together today for this virtual celebration of poetry’s art and heritage, and its important role in the development of free speech and expression. Click on any image to read the full poem.

About the Author

Sampsonia Way is an online magazine sponsored by City of Asylum/Pittsburgh that seeks to protect and advocate for writers who may be endangered, to educate the public about threats to writers and literary expression, and to create a community in which endangered writers thrive and literary culture is a valued part of life.

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