HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES - FLOOR VERSION
STATE OF OKLAHOMA
2nd Session of the 53rd Legislature (2012)
HOUSE RESOLUTION 1043 By: Kern
<StartFT>An Act proclaiming April 2012 as National Poetry Month; and directing distribution. <EndFT>
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 enhances and enriches the lives of all Americans; 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.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE 2ND SESSION OF THE 53RD OKLAHOMA LEGISLATURE:
THAT the Oklahoma House of Representatives, in observance of the important role poetry has played in creating and sustaining this great nation, does hereby recognize April 2012 as National Poetry Month.
THAT an official copy of this resolution be distributed to ______________.
COMMITTEE REPORT BY: COMMITTEE ON XXXXX, dated XX-XX-XXXX - DO PASS, As Amended and Coauthored.