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Explore Poetry: April is National Poetry Month

PoetryMonthGraphicMost states have a state flower, a state bird, state insect (lots of bees and butterflies). But did you know some states have a state poem? Indiana, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Tennessee all have state poems which you can read here.

The Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature  at the Library of Congress offers a chance to listen to poets reading their own works. Sample Allen Ginsburg, Ray Bradbury,  Anne Sexton, Maxine Kumin and Joyce Carol Oates. One of the gems in the collection is a 1959 interview with Robert Frost in which he recites some of his poems.

Do you want to find a copy of particular poem you remember? Check Litfinder in the library’s collection of databases. You can search by poem or by poet’s name.

Today there is a position at the Library of Congress called the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. Until 1986 there was a similar position called the Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. On the Syosset Library’s third floor is a display of books of some of the American poets who have held these positions. Perhaps you will discover a new poet to enjoy or rekindle interest in an old favorite.

walt-whitman-birthplaceWouldn’t this month be an appropriate time to visit the birthpace of Long Island’s own Walt Whitman? The library has a museum pass to let you explore the site for free. Reserve the pass online or call 516-921-7161 ext. 239.

-posted by Brenda, Reference Librarian

Put a Poem in Your Pocket Today

poem pocket_logo2Today’s the day to pick a poem,

carry it with you all day

and share it!

Poem in Your Pocket Day is part of the yearly celebration of National Poetry Month observed every April. You can read all about it here on the website of the Academy of American Poets, as well as find advice and links to help you share poems throughout the day.

Here are some recent additions to the poetry collection at the Syosset Public Library:

poetry of the 1st world warPoetry of the First World War: An Anthology edited by Tim Kendall The First World War produced an extraordinary flowering of poetic talent. Its poets mark the conflict in ways that are both intensely personal and as enduring as any monument. Their lines have come to express the feelings of a nation about the horrors and consequences of war. This new anthology provides a definitive record of the achievements of the Great War poets and offers a fresh assessment of the work on the centenary of the Great War’s outbreak.

marilyn_goldsmithThere is a Special Place: The Poetry of Marilyn Goldsmith There is a Special Place represents a remarkable diversity of pathos and humor, sentiment and conviction. There are keen insights and powerful observations, enhanced by a wonderful gift of language and a true understanding of the versatility and purpose of poetry.

leah umanskyDomestic Uncertainties by Leah Umansky “… is at once delightful and disturbing, illusive and elusive. Her literary and often witty poems are like reflections in a shattered glass that mirror the fractures and disappointments in our un-crafted and witless lives. A masterful wordsmith, she addresses ‘what lies between the lies,’ that distance between reality and imagination, between what is said and what is meant. The pleasure offered by her quirky meditations is surprising and irresistible.”—Nin Andrews

the earth availsThe Earth Avails: Poems by Mark Wunderlich “…evokes an all-but-lost history, when every setting, thought, and action was imbued with ritual: here’s the prayer said in a time of sickness; here’s the blessing spoken upon entering the house; here’s the letter from heaven that protects its holder from harm and misfortune. Rendered in part from folkloric and historical sources, Mark Wunderlich’s poems reinvent these traditions with lyrical and emotive force for a new century of readers.”

caribouCaribou by  Charles Wright A collection by the winner of the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award and other prestigious accolades meditates on life and nature while exploring the author’s restless pursuit of a divine reality. A powerfully moving meditation on life and the beyond, from one of our finest American poets.

what ive stolenWhat I’ve Stolen, What I’ve Earned by Sherman Alexie “One of the major lyric voices of our time” (NY Times Book Review), winner of the National Book Award, Alexie publishes his first new collection of poetry and short prose in six years.

All annotations are from the publishers.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services




National Poetry Month 2012

April is here again — time for those April showers and for filing those tax returns. But did you know that April is also National Poetry Month?

National Poetry Month was established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets to celebrate and bring attention to an art form that predates literacy.  Two of the most famous epic poems, the Iliad and the Odyssey by Homer (ca. 8th century BC), were passed down orally for many years until being written down.  Another is the epic of Gilgamesh, dating from 4th century Mesopotamia.  Since these early beginnings there have always been poets among us writing poetry.  Most of us can remember if not a whole poem, a fragment  of one, such as “I think that I shall never see , a poem lovely as a tree” or “In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue”!

Today poetry can be found all around us if we slow down and take the time to notice.   Here are a few ways to do just that–

  • Take a look at that anthology of poems or volume of Robert Frost or Walt Whitman (just to name two) that’s waiting to be opened, in your home or that of a friend or relative.
  • If you come across a poem in a magazine that regularly features them such as the New Yorker, Reader’s Digest or even a local Pennysaver, stop and read it.
  • Come into the Syosset Public Library and browse our varied collection of poetry.
  • Visit the “30 Ways to Celebrate Poetry” page of the Academy of American Poets’ website to read about more ideas for incorporating poetry into our lives, such as signing up for the “Poem a Day” email.

However way you find it,

there is a poem that is waiting just for you.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services