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In the Stacks: Celebrate poetry month

April 4, 2012 at 6:04 am


It is difficult
to get the news from poems
              yet men die miserably every day
                              for lack
of what is found there.


Getting poems at the library is not difficult.  William Carlos Williams’ Asphodel, That Greeny Flower,  quoted above, is upstairs in the 811’s, part of a rich poetry collection. This month marks National Poetry Month, a celebration established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets; the staff at the library has plenty of ways to help you celebrate.


Thousands of volumes of contemporary American poetry, small-press chapbooks, and magazines have come to the library from editors of the Beloit Poetry Journal. Founded at Beloit College in 1950, the Beloit Poetry Journal is a national literary magazine that continues to be published after a move to Maine.  http://www.bpj.org/

David Kassing’55 recently delivered another substantial poetry gift to the library. His personal collection started with the volume of Walt Whitman that he read as a student in Chad Walsh’s American Literature class.  

Student poets seeking outlets for their work and networking opportunities will be interested in Poet’s Market in the library’s reference collection, and Poets and Writers magazine in the periodicals collection.

While you’re visiting the library, stop at the display case near the entrance to read creative work by students in Rebecca Stafford’s poetry writing class.

During the week of April 16, the library will provide all you need to make a poetry postcard to send to a friend.  Or you can make a poetry bookmark. Watch for book-carts with paper, copied poems, colored pencils, markers, and glue sticks.