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Poetry in Government Publications

Federal and state publications containing poems, criticism, or other information relating to poetry.

About Poetry in Government Publications

Government agencies may not seem like the most likely source of poetry, but there have been several agencies over the years that have promoted the writing and reading of poetry, found ways to heal through poetry, used poetry as a teaching tool, and celebrated the performance of poetry. This is a selection of government publications that contain poems, poetic criticism, or other information relating to poetry.

Poetry in the Library of Congress

Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Program is a comprehensive guide to poetry resources available on the Library of Congress Web site. The Library of Congress promotes poetry and literature year-round through online and in-person programs; honors and prizes; and the Poet Laureate and Youth Ambassadors. You can explore all these resources and more through the LC Poetry and Literature webpages.

Poetry in ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)

ERIC is a comprehensive, easy-to-use, searchable, Internet-based bibliographic and full-text database of education research and information. ERIC indexes education research found in journal articles, books, and gray literature. (Gray literature includes materials produced by nonprofits, advocacy organizations, government agencies, and other sources not typically made available by commercial publishers). Depending on the copyright status, materials indexed in the ERIC database may be available as full text or as a citation to an external source.

The ERIC database contains many useful articles and books on using poetry in the classroom, either teaching about poetry itself, or using poetry to enhance the teaching of other subjects. These are just a few examples of the intriguing and innovative content you can find here.

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