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Public Poetry: Two Readings at the Poetry Foundation

Public Poetry: Two Readings at the Poetry Foundation

I should go to more poetry readings. This is my yearly mantra during National Poetry Month. Actually, I should go to more poetry readings, not just during National Poetry Month, but all year. Thankfully, the Poetry Foundation right here in Chicago can fulfill that need, so my mantra is less guilt-laden. I walk past the wonderfully situated […]

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Is That a Poem in Your Pocket?

Is That a Poem in Your Pocket?

Cindy: Tomorrow, Thursday, April 27th is Poem in Your Pocket Day, and I hope you’ll celebrate. It’s the perfect chance to encourage sharing poetry; the link above lists many great ideas for classrooms and libraries. Last year, I shared a few display ideas. This year, a volunteer got creative with the big pocket I made and crafted a […]

Talking Poetry, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Life with Poet Patricia Smith

Talking Poetry, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Life with Poet Patricia Smith

Patricia Smith is a clarion poet, uniting with passion and finesse the personal and the political. Her six acclaimed poetry collections include Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah (2012), winner of the Rebekah Bobbitt Prize from the Library of Congress, the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy American Poets, and the Phillis Wheatley Award in Poetry, […]

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OUT OF WONDER: Poems Celebrating Poets

OUT OF WONDER: Poems Celebrating Poets

Lynn: Regular readers know that we are seldom speechless—but that’s exactly what I was however when I finished Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets (2017) by Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth. My powers of speech have definitely returned, but the awe has remained. There is so much that I love about this book that […]

Poetry Unbound: Stories in Verse on Audio

Poetry Unbound: Stories in Verse on Audio

It is Poetry Month, and I have to confess that I’ve never really learned to appreciate poetry—at least not when I read it silently. Poetry, however, offers a new world of pleasures and opens up my imagination to an auditory play of cadence and words. In high school, I discovered stories in verse and plowed my way through Tennyson’s […]

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A Conversation with Poet and Poetry Advocate Kevin Coval in Celebration of National Poetry Month

A Conversation with Poet and Poetry Advocate Kevin Coval in Celebration of National Poetry Month

  When Kevin Coval’s poetry collection, Slingshots: (A Hip-Hop Poetica), came out 11 years ago, Booklist was full of praise: “Potent metaphors, muscular turns of phrase, a keen political conscience, and a Studs Terkelesque openness to humankind’s countless stories fuel Coval’s percussive calls for compassion and connection.” In our review of his next collection, Everyday People […]

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The Poetics of Everyday Life: Poetry Books for Fans of PATERSON

The Poetics of Everyday Life: Poetry Books for Fans of PATERSON

A subject that long ago captured my creative spirit has been making quiet waves in the cinematic world this year. Paterson, written and directed  by Jim Jarmusch and set in Paterson, New Jersey, concerns an enigmatic bus driver—also named Paterson, played by Adam Driver—as he observes his world and takes notes in poetry. The beautiful ritual […]

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Read Me, I’m Irish: 24 Books by Irish-American Poets

Read Me, I’m Irish: 24 Books by Irish-American Poets

Though I can’t prove it, this long list of Irish-American poets seems to indicate that a gift for storytelling is in the genes. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with poetry by these descendants of the Emerald Isle.    The Best of It: New and Selected Poems, by Kay Ryan The Collected Poems of Frank O’Hara, by Frank […]

A POEM FOR PETER Thanks Ezra Jack Keats

A POEM FOR PETER Thanks Ezra Jack Keats

Lynn: This story, my children, begins long ago when I was taking my very first library science class, Introduction to Literature for Children. We were required to read and take notes on a multitude of books during the semester and I was eagerly beginning my work with the picture books list. And there he was, […]

Help Students Find a Poetic Voice with CATCHING A STORYFISH

Help Students Find a Poetic Voice with CATCHING A STORYFISH

Cindy: Moving to a new place and changing schools present challenges for many children, so books that chronicle the experience are always welcome, especially when they are as good as Catching a Storyfish (2016), told in verse, by Janice N. Harrington. Keet moves from Alabama to Illinois (as the author did as a child) and, like all […]