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Proclamation of the City of Brentwood
Declaring April as National Poetry Month

WHEREAS, the Academy of American Poets established the month of April as National Poetry Month in 1996; and

WHEREAS, 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; make poetry an important part of our children's education; and

WHEREAS, as National Poetry Month, under the leadership and direction of the Academy of American Poets, is now the largest literary celebration in the world; and

WHEREAS, poetry offers us the opportunity to celebrate the incomparable body of literature produced by our poets in the past, and also the vitality and diversity of voices reflected in today's American poetry; and

WHEREAS, 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; and

WHEREAS, 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; and

WHEREAS, the creativity and wealth of poetic language enriches our culture and inspires a new generation of Americans to learn the power of reading and writing at its best; and

NOW, THEREFORE IT BE RESOLVED, Robert Taylor, Mayor of Brentwood, does hereby proclaim April 1 through April 30, 2007, as the 12th annual National Poetry Month. I call upon public officials, educators, librarians, and all the people of Brentwood to observe this month, to celebrate the cultural riches our community has to offer, and to recognize the important role poetry in creating and sustaining this great nation with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs.

Dated this 27th day of March 2007

Robert Taylor, Mayor

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