April is technically spring, but one never knows how that will play out. Whether raindrops or snowflakes fly, however, poetry is a given — on the Midcoast and around the country.

National Poetry Month, inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets, turns 20 this year. Locally, it is embraced most closely by Rockland — specifically its library, which declares April to be Poetry Month Rockland every year. But other communities are hosting poetry options this month, as well, for all ages.

Thursdays at the Rockport library

First out of the gate this year is Rockport Public Library, which hosts a twice-a-month poetry workshop year-round: the Poets’ Corner meets the first and third Thursdays at 4 p.m. For April, the group, led by co-founders George Chappell and Jim Ostheimer, is hosting a poetry reading every Thursday at its usual time, beginning April 7 with Camden poet Dave Morrison.

Morrison is a writer of novels, short stories, poetry and “many notes on scraps of paper.”  After years of playing guitar in rock ‘n’ roll bars in Boston and New York City, he settled down in Camden; recently, he has pulled his electric guitar back out for what he calls Poetry Rocks presentations. Morrison’s poetry and short stories have been published in FRiGG, Thieves Jargon, Rattle, Void, Rumble, Mad Hatters Review, Juked, Laura Hird, Psychopoetica and other magazines; and three collections of poetry and two novels have been published by JukeBooks. His most recent book is “Cancer Poems.”

On April 14, the Poets’ Corner members will read from their new chapbook. In addition to Chappell and Ostheimer, the group includes Melissa Bryan, Jon Potter, Bill Eberle, Trina French, Eileen Hugo and Paul McFarland. Camden poet Kristen Lindquist will read from her work on April 21, and the Togus Writers’ Group, helmed by Chappell, will read on April 28.

And just where is Rockport Public Library these days? The in-village building is on the verge of renaissance, so the library’s collection and operation have taken up temporary residence on Route 1 — 485 Commercial St. is between Fresh Off the Farm and Briggs & Wholey LLC.

Poetry Month Rockland

The month-long observance at Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., was co-founded in 2009 by library director Amy Levine and current Rockland Poet Laureate Carol W. Bachofner, whose term is ending this spring. The post, established in 2010, is for two years, with an option of one renewal; Bachofner was appointed in 2012. The annual finale of Poetry Month Rockland is an evening of readings called A Swarm of Poets, but this year, marking Bachofner’s departure and announcement of her successor, is dubbed A Swarm of Poets (Laureate). Set for Thursday, April 28, at 6 p.m., the event will not only include readings by adult and teen winners of the annual poetry contest, but also by Midcoast poets laureate past and present. They include Bachofner and current Belfast Poet Laureate Toussaint St. Negritude; Rockland’s Inaugural Poet Laureate Kendall Merriam; and former Belfast poets laureate Jacob Fricke, Elizabeth Garber, Ellen Sander and Karin Spitfire, as well as Bluestem Poetry Award-winning poet Elizabeth Tibbetts of Hope and more.

The all-ages Poetry Month Rockland will begin — actually it began weeks ago with the call for contest entries — Saturday, April 9, with a Silly Poetry-themed Storytime at 10:30 a.m. in the Children’s Room. Children’s librarians Ms. Jessie and Mary Jane will read poems by Shel Silverstein, Dr. Seuss, Jack Prelutsky and more, and then kids can assemble their own.

On Tuesday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m., the Camden-based Quasimodal Chorus with The January Men and Then Some will present a concert of poetry set to music, including an Inuit poem and works by Wendell Berry, Megaera Vittum-Fitch and Ursula Le Guin.

This year’s sole Fireside Poetry Reading is set for Wednesday, April 13, at 3 p.m. The Ink Bone Poetry Group, a group of local women committed to the art of poetry, will read from their work. Originally formed as a drop-in group in 2007, Ink Bone meets twice a month to share original poetry, critique the work and engage in revisions. Snacks and coffee will be provided by the Friends of Rockland Library.

Bachofner will lead a workshop in Doodle Poetry for adults and teens Tuesday, April 19, at 6 p.m. The technique offers a fun way to get the ink flowing for those who want to try writing a poem but don’t know where to start or who are stuck in a poetry rut. No materials are required, “but do bring your imagination and a pen!”

A new event debuts Saturday, April 23, at 1 p.m. The Buzz From the Hive is a children’s Swarm of Poets, giving the younger winners of the city’s annual poetry contest a chance to share their poems and enjoy community recognition, as well as snacks. Deadline for the Child 1 and Child 2 contest categories is Friday, April 15; visit the library or its website for entry details.

Bachofner has offered an in-depth talk — if not a seminar — during her Aprils, and this year’s is set for Tuesday, April 26, at 6 p.m. Her slide show and discussion will focus on the literary legacy of Henry Beston and his family, wife Elizabeth Coatsworth and daughter Kate Barnes, Maine’s first Poet Laureate and one-time resident of Appleton. Examples of works by all three will be available and Beston’s book, “The Outermost House,” will be given away as a door prize.

Between now and the April 28th Swarm, there also will be all kinds of poetry hi-jinks, including the annual PoeTree, poem geocaching (Lat: 44 degrees 06.324 N/Long: -69 degrees 06.727 W), art-crafted poems in the display cases, posters and book displays in the library; and the return of take one/leave one Poetry Boxes around town.

Belfast and about

The city of Belfast has had a poet laureate for many years now, but generally celebrates in October, when it holds an annual Belfast Poetry Festival. It is a poet-plentiful place, however, and its poets get around.

Poet, editor and teacher Arielle Greenberg is doing several readings of her work this month, beginning Friday, April 8, at 4 p.m. at UMaine Machias, appearing as part of UMM’s Rainbow Ball weekend. On Thursday, April 14, she will read at 7:30 p.m. at UMaine Farmington; and, back on the Midcoast, she will read Tuesday, April 19, at 6:30 p.m. at Belfast Free Library.

Former Belfast Poet Laureate Ellen Sander will give the April Shop Talk at Old Professor’s Bookshop, 99 Main St.. She will explore The Story of Modern Poetry Saturday, April 16, at 3 p.m.; admission is free.

In addition to gathering with his peers at Rockland’s Swarm, current Poet Laureate St. Negritude will be performing his poetry and music Saturday, April 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Liberty Library, where an exhibit of his framed poems will be on view the last three weeks of the month.

South Thomaston poetry salons

26 Split Rock Cove, an artist space and studios on the water in South Thomaston, is celebrating National Poetry Month by hosting two poetry salons, one in April and one in May. Both are free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. Reservations are recommended, but not necessary, at 596-7624 or Sandy@26splitrockcove.com.

On Sunday, April 23, at 3 p.m., 26 Split Rock will host former Maine Poet Laureate (2006-2011) Betsy Sholl, joined by Camden poet Kristen Lindquist. On Sunday, May 22, the guest will be Stuart Kestenbaum, former director of Haystack School of Craft and just-appointed Maine State Poet Laureate.

And then there’s Plunkett

While it does not take place on the Midcoast, the annual Terry Plunkett Maine Poetry Festival has been organized by local poets and poetry advocates for years. The 14th annual festival runs Friday, April 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at University of Maine at Augusta. This year’s keynote is Maine’s own inaugural poet, Richard Blanco. For all the details, visit the Plunkett Festival Facebook page.