Tuesday, April 27, 2010

April is a Month for Poets

There have been many things going on at the RPL this month - branch renovations, our semi-annual book sale, and more. But April is also National Poetry month, and we won't let April give way to May before talking about and recommending poetry from our catalog!

 For those interested in keeping up-to-date with the latest publications, events and news in the poetry world, www.poets.org is a great resource. You can search for poems or poets, check out upcoming publications and even sign up to receive a poem a day. Additionally, they have pages for each state, and you can check out Virginia poets to your hearts content.

Speaking of Virginia poets. current Virginia poet laureate Claudia Emerson is the winner of the 2006 Pulizter Prize for her collection entitled Late Wife, which is available at the RPL. Emerson's poems explore one woman's disappearance from one world and arrival into another as she addresses her former husband, herself and her new husband in this series.

Looking for a great way to introduce children to poetry? Lee Bennett Hopkins received the 2009 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children, and his book, City I Love, holds eighteen poems that take the reader on an international adventure through cities around the world.

Virginia also has a fantastic roster of poets who grew up and/or chose Virginia as home. Henri Cole is a William and Mary graduate who has received multiple accolades for his work, including the 2004 Kingsley Tufts Poetry award for his book, Middle Earth.

If you're interested in local, Richmond poetry, there are several venues that hold regular open mike readings where you can listen to local poets or read yourself:

Art 6 Gallery - Second and Fourth Sundays of each month
2-4 p.m.

Barnes and Noble at Virginia Center Commons - Second Saturday of each month
7-9 p.m.

Barnes and Noble at Short Pump - Second Thursday of each month
7:30 p.m.

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