National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. Florida, called “[t]he State with the most beautiful name…” by poet Elizabeth Bishop, has been the home and inspiration for many famous and not so famous poets over the centuries.

James Weldon Johnson, ca. 1920

James Weldon Johnson, ca. 1920

Robert Frost with two Florida State College for Women students, Tallahassee, ca. 1940

Robert Frost with two Florida State College for Women students, Tallahassee, ca. 1940



Renowned poets such as Donald Justice, Nathaniel Mackey, and James Weldon Johnson were born in Florida. Others, such as Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop, and Robert Frost chose Florida as a haven for inspiration.

Poet, publisher, and playwright Kirby Congdon, Key West, ca. 1968

Poet, publisher, and playwright Kirby Congdon, Key West, ca. 1968

Allen Ginsberg with protesters at the Republican National Convention, Miami Beach, 1972

Allen Ginsberg with protesters at the Republican National Convention, Miami Beach, 1972

Poet and dancer Lucille Ranger-Brown performing on Jamaican Independence Day, Miami, 1985

Poet and dancer Lucille Ranger-Brown performing on Jamaican Independence Day, Miami, 1985

Cowboy poet Carl Sharp, Kenansville, 2006

Cowboy poet Carl Sharp, Kenansville, 2006

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