April 8th, 2015
In our hectic lives of work and school schedules, sports practices and volunteer commitments, many of us wonder, where does the time go?
Naomi Shihab Nye, Academy of American Poets Chancellor, states, “When you live in a rapidly moving swirl, you can only view your surroundings with a glance. Poetry requires us to slow down, to take time to pause. ”
Inspired by this quote, I did a little research and learned that April isn’t just for rain showers and the tax man. April is also National Poetry Month. Founded in 1996, National Poetry Month encourages tens of millions of people celebrating the importance of poetry in our lives and cultures.
Recently, Tyler Crawford, one of our Teen Specialist librarians recommended a book of poetry called “Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty” by Christine Heppermann. What a great combination – readable, modern poetry using classic fairy tale themes.
A quick search for poetry on CCPL’s website yields plenty of resources about poetry and poets – from “The Open Door: One Hundred Poems, One Hundred Years of Poetry Magazine” to a kids’ video, “A Child’s Garden of Poetry” and “Poems for the Millennium” to “In the Heart of the Beat – the Poetry of Rap.”
Be sure to check our digital selections (Overdrive) of poetry as well – if you’re looking for a laugh with the kids, try Roald Dahl’s “Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts” e-audiobook or if you’re ready to slow down, consider “She Walks in Beauty – a Woman’s Journey Through Poems” selected by Caroline Kennedy.
And did you know our colleagues at the Cecil County Arts Council has their weekly “Lunchlines meeting?” It’s a group of poets who meet for lunch, poetry exercises and laughter the first and third Tuesday each month.
How will you celebrate National Poetry Month? Do you have a favorite poet?
Image credit: Magnetic Poetry by Natalie Roberts on Flickr.