April is National Poetry Month–a celebration of poetry and our complex poetic heritage. Established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996,Â National Poetry Month is a chance for everyone to return to that art form which predates literacy yet remains as current as the lyrics on the latest downloaded songs. Stop in to the library and pick up some poetry–old favorite or new, to read aloud or silently, slim volume or weighty tome or just one to slip into your pocket.
Edna St. Vincent Millay asked, “To what purpose, April, do you return again?” For National Poetry Month, of course!Â National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry.Â The concept, according to the Academy of American Poets is “to widen the attention of individuals and the mediaâ€”to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern.”Â Stop by the Todd Library display and reintroduce yourself to the pleasure of reading poetry!
January 19 was the 200th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe, one of the best known American authors. In honor of this event we’ve put together a display including books, poems, facsimiles of his writing–even a copy of the Poe postage stamp issued this year. Stop by and discover something new or reread an old favorite. Then you can decide if, like Poe said, â€œWords have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.â€