Poetry Society of Oklahoma Mission Statement

Association for education in, appreciation of, and the mutual enjoyment
of poetry
To encourage members in improving knowledge
and skill in writing and reading of poetry
To make mutual contribution to a general
interest in and for quality of poetry
in our society and the world
To provide educational instruction and guidance to those
interested in the art of poetry.
 
From the President
In 1996 The Academy of American Poets established the month of April as National Poetry Month. On March 28th 2017,
Mayor Mick Cornett proclaimed the month of April as National Poetry Month for the City of Oklahoma City. 
Then, on March 30th 2017 Oklahoma State Representative Tammy West presented a resolution to the Oklahoma State House of Representatives
making the month of April National Poetry Month for the State of Oklahoma.

National Poetry Month seeks to highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets; introduce Americans to
the pleasures and benefits of reading poetry; bring poets and poetry to the public in immediate and innovative
ways and make poetry an important part of our children's education. 

National Poetry Month, under the leadership and direction of the Academy of American Poets, is now the largest literary celebration in the world. 
Poetry enhances and enriches the lives of all Americans; poetry, as an essential part of the arts and humanities, affects
every aspect of life in America today, including education, the economy, and community pride and development. 
Poetry has produced some of the nation's leading creative artists and has inspired other artists in fields such as
music, theatre, film, dance, and the visual arts. 

A big “Thank You” and accolades to Councilman Larry McAtee, Mayor Mick Cornett and State Representative Tammy West
for their continued support of the arts, both in our city and state.


     



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For a bit of comfort and peace of mind,
Look within and you will find.

Dreams and wishes, hopes and prayer,
A poet's fortune for all to share.

Will calm the storm and seas within,
When happy hearts connect to Pen.
                                            
                                                 B. C. Pennington, 2004

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