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.
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.
“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
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.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
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.”
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:
Check out artist/writer Austin Kleon’s website for some great examples of 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!
Poetry is a Trestle, by Nikki Giovannipoetry 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
Post your favorite haiku or write your own and enter it into our Poetry Tree & Poetry Contest and win a gift card (contest runs through April). Not sure what a haiku poem is? It’s a traditional Japanese form of poetry that does not need to rhyme and always has three lines that go like this: 5 syllables / 7 syllables / 5 syllables. Here are some examples:
STILLNESS … THEN THE BAT
FLYING AMONG THE WILLOWS
BLACK AGAINST GREEN SKY
Overdue book in hand
pages still left, end unknown
sadly, fines will grow
by Adrienne The Librarian