This Valentine’s Day, Use Your Words!

What truly says “I love you” to your Valentine? A fancy dinner out? Good luck getting a table, or avoiding romantic indigestion as you navigate the desperate crush of other romance seekers. A box of chocolates? Hardly original, and not exactly helpful with our New Year’s resolutions. Do diamonds speak louder than words? Nope – not even close:

          Not marble, nor the gilded monuments
          Of princes shall outlive this powerful rhyme…

sonnetsWhen it comes to expressing your feelings, use your words. Or… borrow someone else’s! For millennia poets have spilled out their hearts on papyrus, parchment and paper, and into the air itself. From Sappho to Shakespeare, Ovid to Neruda, Elizabeth Barrett Browning to Mary Oliver, our shelves groan, sigh and sing with love’s burden, heavy as the heaviest heart, lighter than air. Here’s a list of just some of the books at your library packed with moving love poetry from all over the world, and all throughout the ages. Continue reading “This Valentine’s Day, Use Your Words!”

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”