5 for Poetry

[In this new (and hopefully) regular feature, we’ll be throwing out 5 things that can be found in the collections of the Syosset Public Library, all having to do with a particular subject.  As April is Poetry Month, our first Subject is Poetry.  Please keep coming back to check for future installments of “Five for…”]

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month?  National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996 to introduce more Americans to the pleasures of reading poetry. With that thought in mind we bring you “Five for Poetry”:

Essential Pleasures: A New Anthology of Poems to Read Aloud by Robert Pinsky. New layers of meaning and enjoyment can be added when poetry is read aloud. Pinsky has assembled this wide ranging array of poems that especially lend themselves to being heard as well as read. There are poems you may be familiar with and some lesser known poems you will be glad to encounter.  In case you don’t feel like reading aloud yourself and can’t find someone else to read to you, the book comes with a CD of Pinsky reading some of the poems himself.

“Leaves of Grass” by Walt Whitman. Whitman, one of Long Island’s favorite sons, was born right next door in Huntington.  A British friend of Walt Whitman, Mary Smith Whitall Costelloe, wrote of this 1855 volume of poetry: “You cannot really understand America without Walt Whitman, without Leaves of Grass”.  One of the most thrilling reading experiences to be had is reading “Song of Myself” for the first time!

Lyrics, 1962-1985 by Bob Dylan. Yes, he’s a songwriter, but who can deny the power of his lyrics as poetry?  Just open to any page in this book and I’m sure you’ll agree.  If you want to hear the words with the music, try Blonde on Blondeor Blood on the Tracks”.

“Caedmon Poetry Collection: A Century of Poets Reading Their Work” by Various Authors. Have you ever wished that you could hear a poet read their own poems out loud to you.  Look no further, this 3 CD set contains some of the greatest poets of the twentieth century reading their own work.   Listen to T.S. Eliot read “The Wasteland” or William Butler Yeats read “ The Lake Isle of Innisfree” or Dylan Thomas read “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” or…well, you get the idea.

Shakespeare in Love on DVD.  William Shakespeare, perhaps the greatest poet of them all, is a young  playwright  with writer’s block in this film that offers a peek into the way that “Romeo and Juliet” might have come to be written.  Enjoy some entertaining romantic comedy as well as some of Shakepeare’s poetry in this winner of 7 Academy Awards including Best Picture.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

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