Posts tagged ‘poetry’

May 7, 2014

POW! Poem On Wednesday

by LisaTheLibrarian

The dog’s violent sneeze

Fails to rouse a single fly

On his mangy back.

 

by Richard Wright

Haiku: This Other World, edited by Yoshinobu Hakutani and Robert L. Tener

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December 11, 2013

POW! (Poem on Wednesday)

by LisaTheLibrarian
December Substitute, by Kenn Nesbitt
Our substitute is strange because
he looks a lot like Santa Claus.
In fact, the moment he walked in
we thought that he was Santa’s twin.

We wouldn’t think it quite so weird,
if it were just his snowy beard.
But also he has big black boots
and wears these fuzzy bright red suits.

He’s got a rather rounded gut
that’s like a bowl of you-know-what.
And when he laughs, it’s deep and low
and sounds a lot like “Ho! Ho! Ho!”

He asks us all if we’ve been good
and sleeping when we know we should.
He talks of reindeers, sleighs, and elves
and tells us to behave ourselves.

And when it’s time for us to go
he dashes out into the snow.
But yesterday we figured out
just what our sub is all about.

We know just why he leaves so quick,
and why he’s dressed like Old Saint Nick
in hat and coat and boots and all:
He’s working evenings at the mall.

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November 13, 2013

POW! (Poem On Wednesday)

by LisaTheLibrarian

autumn rain –

a dog looks up at each person

passing on the street

- by Check Brickley, in The Haiku Anthology, Cor Van den Heuvel, ed.

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November 6, 2013

POW! (Poem On Wednesday)

by LisaTheLibrarian

The fog has settled

around us. A faint redness

where the maple was.

 

by Claire Pratt, in The Haiku Anthology, Cor Van den Heuvel, ed.

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October 23, 2013

POW! Poem On Wednesday

by LisaTheLibrarian

“What to Wear When” by J. Patrick Lewis

When I was a boy in Looziana,
We wore blue jeans
And a red bandana.

My folks moved up
To the state of Maine,
We wore duck shoes
In slicker-suit rain.

My folks moved down
To the state of Texas,
We wore brand names
Like Lazy X’s.

Now that we are living
Up in Vermont,
We wear pretty much
Whatever we want.

Poem discovered via the Poetry Foundation’s Poetry App

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April 18, 2013

Blackout Poetry

by NicoletheLibrarian

On Tuesday, April 16, 2013 we had a Blackout Poetry Workshop at Fairfield Area Library.

Here are some of our wonderful blackout poems:

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By NicoletheLibrarian

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April 18, 2013

Northside TAB Recommends

by LisaTheLibrarian

Here we are again, the dynamic duo(+2) with another TAB recommends.  We’ve got a fantastic lineup for y’all today so listen up.

By SeppVei (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Poetry – here’s a great poem all about everyone’s favorite luxury item, Socks.  Ode to my socks, like box, except without the b and the x.  “The Red Wheelbarrow” is also great so make sure you click that link.  Here’s another poem by yours truly, the dynamic duo of awesomeness.

Duct Tape, Cardboard, and a Stapler

What animal makes no noise in a empty room

a duck

that’s why duct tape is good for you.

Cardboard too, is great you see

just pick it up, and it’s a jamboree

Lastly is the glorious stapler

king of them all

he’ll bind you, and find you, and play a kazoo.

Books – Here we feel the need to mention a few titles to you that have been brought to our attention.  The Foundling’s Tale series, by D.M. Cornish is awesome (he doesn’t like corn I don’t think; after all, with a name like that, it’d be cannibalism).  It is about a young boy who grows up in a orphanage in a land of monsters, and monster slayers.  If you like slayers, or slaying, or monsters, check them out.  They’ll eat your socks off.

[If you liked that poem above try the graphic novel Cardboard, by Doug TenNapel. Click on book covers to find the book in our catalog. -LisaLibrarian]

Random –  Speaking of socks, here’s a dog eating socks.   Also, speaking of dogs and socks, here’s a little tidbit about the black plague.  For all you unknowing fellows and felines, “Ring Around The Rosies” is all about it.  Ring around the rosie is what the beginning of the plague looked like on your body.  Pockets of posies were used to cover up the omnipresent odor of death (they thought it caused the disease).  Then they fall down “dead.”

April 16, 2013

Poem in Your Pocket Day is TODAY!

by LisaTheLibrarian

Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day on Thursday, April 18!pocket poem

  • Carry a poem with you
  • Give a poem to a friend
  • Tweet a poem; #pocketpoem
  • Make a poem your Facebook status

Write the poem yourself, select one from a library book, or choose one of these.

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April 15, 2013

Blackout Poetry

by NicoletheLibrarian

Come out to Fairfield Library on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 from 6:00-7:00 pm to create an original poem- all you need is a newspaper or old book and a sharpie!

Blackout Poetry consists of taking a newspaper article, old book page or other text and blacking out most of the words. By leaving the words that you like visible, you can create an awesome poem!

Here is one I (NicoletheLibrarian) wrote:

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Check out artist/writer Austin Kleon’s website for some great examples of blackout poetry.

Blackout Poetry

April 16, 2013 7:00 – 8:00 pm

 

Fairfield Area Library

1001 N. Laburnum Ave

Henrico, VA 23223

Call 290-9330 for more information!

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April 10, 2013

POW! (Poem on Wednesday)

by LisaTheLibrarian

Poetry is a Trestle, by Nikki Giovanni

poetry is a trestle
spanning the distance between what i feel
and what i say
 
like a locomotive
i rush full speed ahead
trusting your strength to carry me over
 
sometimes we share a poem
because people are near
and they would notice me
noticing you
so i write X and you write O
and we both win
 
sometimes we share a poem
because i’m washing the dishes
and you’re looking at your news
 
or sometimes we make a poem
because it’s Sunday and you want
ice cream and i want cookies
 
but always we share a poem
because belief predates action
and i beleive
the most beautiful poem
ever heard is your heart
racing
 

In The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni, 1968 – 1998 (New York : Morrow, 2003), p. 210

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