Poets & Poetry


We have lots to celebrate this month in the library, not the least of which are National Poetry Month and Earth Day.  We’ve combined these themes with our Nature & Poetry book display.  Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson might jump to mind but there are so many others – explore these and more on the library’s upper level.


Whisper

Today the white mist that is weather
is mixed with the sallow tint
of the mist that is smog.
And from it, through it, breathes
a vast whisper:
the mountain.

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A slash of Blue –
A sweep of Gray –
Some scarlet patches on the way,
Compose an Evening Sky –
A little purple – slipped between –
Some Ruby Trousers hurried on –
A Wave of Gold –
A Bank of Day –
This just makes out the Morning Sky.

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from A Noiseless Patient Spider

And you O my soul where you stand,
Surrounded, detached, in measureless oceans of space,
Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing, seeking the spheres to connect them,
Till the bridge you will need be form’d, till the ductile anchor hold,
Till the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere, O my soul.

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from A Knowledge of Water

This desert was once an ocean teeming with fish.  I sit on the edge of its memory feeling the power of the sum.

The faded trail I follow is the way to the next water hold, not the shortest distance between two points.

Knowledge of water, not a compass, is what one needs in this desert.

Some fish found in the brackish water of these puddles dropped from the sky.

 

Edited by Paula Goldman

Format: print

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View the IMOW Multilingual Online Exhibition

Description from the International Museum of Women (IMOW)
“Presenting the photography, paintings, poetry, fiction, songs, and essays of 105 young women from fifty-seven countries,
Imagining Ourselves captures the energy of the first global generation of women.” Read more…

The black unicorn: poems

By Audre Lorde

Format: print

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Author biography from poets.org

About the Audre Lorde Project
“The Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color center for community organizing, focusing on the New York City area. Through mobilization, education and capacity-building, we work for community wellness and progressive social and economic justice.”
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Black nature: four centuries of African American nature poetry

Edited by Camille T. Dungy

Format: print

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Book Review from NPR

Read an Excerpt with Google Preview

Publisher Description
“Black Nature is the first anthology to focus on nature writing by African American poets, a genre that until now… ”
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