FIRST FOLIO! From You Have I Been Absent in the Spring: Of Shakespeare and the Sonnet

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Title page of Shakespeare’s Sonnets (1609). Image from Wikipedia

When forty winters shall besiege thy brow (Sonnet 2)
Then let not winter’s ragged hand deface (Sonnet 6)
Not marble nor the gilded monuments (Sonnet 55)
Full many a glorious morning have I seen (Sonnet 33)

One glorious morning before April has fled, perhaps, you will mosey on down to the Central Library, with ticket in hand, to partake of the First Folio! This spring, the play’s the thing with Shakespeare taking center stage at the Seattle Public Library. But oh, there is more afoot to be found beyond the rare air of the folio.

When I consider everything that grows (Sonnet 15)
The forward violet thus did I chide (Sonnet 99)
Those hours, that with gentle work did frame (Sonnet 5)
Thy gift, thy tables, are within my brain (Sonnet 122) Continue reading “FIRST FOLIO! From You Have I Been Absent in the Spring: Of Shakespeare and the Sonnet”

Begin the Poem

~posted by Library Staff

Click here to view On Poetry in the SPL catalogLet’s get down to business, the business of beginning to enter the poem. It will cost you, you know, time and more time that you can imagine.  But, if you allow yourself the journey, if you permit the path to form then may you, traveler, travel on, On Poetry.

There is World Enough & Time enough to begin. All you have to do is to feel for The Poem’s Heartbeat.  This is how you come to learn The Art of the Poetic Line, come to find the Next Word, Better Word. Some people say that they have been Saved by a Poem.  Maybe, in the end, all you learn is How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry. Continue reading “Begin the Poem”

Northeast Branch holds poetry contest in April

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Wedgwood Rock. Picture from Wikimedia Commons.

~posted by Library Staff

Adults, teens and children are invited to enter their original poetry in the Northeast Branch All Ages Poetry Contest during the month of April. Continue reading “Northeast Branch holds poetry contest in April”

The Possibility of Poetry

By Library Staff

Sometime, during this season of growth, why not follow that bud of thought and branch out, bloom into the possibility of poetry. Poetry is as wide-mouthed as a nest of hungry birds. Where to begin but with that squiggly line of a title whose scent reeks of earthbound Light and Heavy Thingsadventures beckoning you to partake of depths that lie inside the lives of lines.

Again, again, the eye begins to crawl in centipede fashion left to right, right to left as poems of temper and temperature perch on the stem of an arm where fingers, much like your own, curl their comfort around a page. There are nights, O’nights when the pages, those Light and Heavy ThingsHum with Fungus Skull Eye Wing, Skinned by some Hard Love Province found, only in The Wilderness Inside Spiders. Continue reading “The Possibility of Poetry”

Got Poem?

Posted by Tom

It’s National Poetry Month once again, and as usual, Seattle and its libraries are awash in poetry events.

The Northeast Branch is hosting its annual all-ages poetry contest, in which everyone is invited to submit a poem at any time in April, and potentially win prizes (including the Wedgie grand prize trophy) and read their poems aloud at the awards ceremony and poetry reading on May 20. Several other library branches are also hosting poetry events in April, which you can find by searching the library’s online calendar of events  for “poetry.” Continue reading “Got Poem?”