Tag Archives: Poetry

My First Memory of Librarians

A last tribute to libraries and librarians for National Library Week from the brilliant Nikki Giovanni. MY FIRST MEMORY (OF LIBRARIANS) This is my first memory: A big room with heavy wooden tables that sat on a creaky wood floor … Continue reading

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April Is The Cruelest Month

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Through me forbidden voices

Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, illustrator Rockwell Kent  

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There is no frigate like a book

There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – This Traverse may the poorest take Without oppress of Toll – How frugal is the Chariot That bears … Continue reading

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Be On The Watch

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of seeking or finding

Talking about Walt Whitman this week with my friend L. sent we searching for a remembered short poem about the great man by another favorite writer Langston Hughes.  

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So, you want to be a writer ?

The poet Charles Bukowski would seem to be the least likely person one would turn to for career advice, but this little piece is oddly moving. don’t be like so many writers, don’t be like so many thousands of people … Continue reading

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Isn’t It Romantic

Happy Valentine’s Day ! This beautiful edition of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s romantic poems Sonnets from the Portuguese was published in Venice in 1906. The lovely miniature book was handset and bound in vellum. H/t to the University of Iowa Special Collections Library.

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Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough

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It’s The Thought That Counts

What’s a writer with limited financial resources to do when the holidays roll around and he wants to send gifts?  For Langston Hughes, during the holiday season of 1950, the answer was to share some of his wit in homemade … Continue reading

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