Poetry 12/5/13

The Poetry Foundation, Chicago Illinois, publishes Poetry a monthly magazine and now delivers the best poetry written today, in any style, genre or approach, in an app for iOS and Android.

This free app puts a poetry library in your hand with great authors from William Shakespeare to Heather McHugh.


The library of Poems include:

  • Public Domain Poems
  • Poems from Poetry magazine (marked with a ‘P’)
  • Poems with mobile permissions secured by the foundation.  

When you first open the app you can ‘discover’ poetry with a sliding menu at the top of the screen. The menu offers 17 moods as topics (optimism, contentment, boredom, pessimism, frustration, disappointment, doubt, worry, blame, anger, insecurity, grief, gratitude, humor, joy, passion, nostalgia) that can be paired up with 11 topics (youth, aging, family, love, nature, spirituality, commitment, work & play, celebrations, arts & sciences, life). When a pair is made the number of poems appears at the top matching the two criteria you’ve selected. Poems are listed down the left side and can be read on the reading pane off to the right with just a tap. Some poems have audio recordings and you can search the library by mood, subject, poet or by audio. I never pass up the chance to listen to a Robert Frost poem in the author’s voice. Five of the 14 Frost poems have audio recordings.

This library of poetry is very searchable and the cross referencing between moods, authors, topics and your own keyword searches allows the user to discover poems they might not ever encounter in a traditional format. Favorites can be starred, so they are easier to locate later and the size of text can be increased or the reader can view in full screen. This app was designed for phones, with the smaller screens, but the Poetry Foundation recognizes that the display size may alter line breaks, so poems with long lines might look better on a website or larger tablet screen. This app is recommended for ages 12 and up due to the nature of some poems.

If you don’t have a mobile device, you can still access all the poems directly from the Poetry Foundation website. http://www.poetryfoundation.org

Get the POETRY app here: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/mobile

This great app was located from a list of “Apps for Poets”. There are several more on the list and you can check them out here: http://appadvice.com/applists/show/apps-for-poets

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