Saturday, April 12, 2008

Don't Forget.....!

April is
National Poetry Month!

Come to the library today and check out our William W. McTyeire, Jr. poetry collection!

On the Shelf Poetry Cheat Sheet

811 - American
821 - British
831 - German
841 - French
851 - Italian
861 - Spanish/Latin American
871 - Latin
881 - Greek/Roman
891 - Russian
Other poetry events of note include (via USAToday):
  • The Poem I Turn To, edited by Jason Shinder (Sourcebooks, $24.95), is a collection of poems that have inspired 43 actors and directors. Among the selections: Kenneth Koch's To You (Mary-Louise Parker), Meghan O'Rourke's Inventing a Horse (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Shel Silverstein's Thumbs (Kyra Sedgwick.)
  • The Academy of American Poets is sponsoring two projects: the first national Poem in Your Pocket Day, scheduled for April 17, and the first mobile poetry site, an archive of 2,500 poems accessible by most mobile devices. (Talk about poetry in motion.) Details:
  • PBS is airing an American Experience biography of Walt Whitman on April 14 (check local listings) and launching a website April 1, Poetry Everywhere, which includes short films of readings by Robert Frost, Poet Laureate Charles Simic and an animated version of Emily Dickinson's I Started Early, read by Blair Brown.
  • HBO, with help from the Poetry Foundation, is showing Classical Baby (I'm Grown Up Now): The Poetry Show for families and kids. Featuring Gwyneth Paltrow reading Elizabeth Barrett Browning's How Do I Love Thee? and Susan Sarandon reading Frost's Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, it premieres April 12 at 6 p.m. ET/PT. Details:
  • 100 Poems to Lift Your Spirits, edited by Leslie Pockell with Celia Johnson (Grand Central paperback, $12.99), is touted as a cheaper and longer-lasting alternative to alcohol or drugs for those with the blues.
Happy Reading (and viewing)!

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