Poetry books to inspire, motivate
International Falls Public Library
April is National Poetry month. Take some time this month to read your favorite poem and maybe discover a new favorite. Or be bold and attempt to write your own. Here are some new poetry books to inspire, motivate or just excite you about the world of poetry. Black Aperture by Matt Rasmussen was the winner of the Walt Whitman Award by the Academy of American Poets. Matt is a former resident of International Falls and currently teaches at Gustavus Adolphus College. Haiku in English edited by Jim Kacian, Philip Rowland and Allan Burns is a compilation of the first one hundred years of haiku as a poetry form in English. While originally from Japan and many haiku written in Japanese have been translated into English, these poems were all written in English over the last 100 years. The collection contains over 800 poems by over 200 poets. This is a marvelous collection.
Gabriele d’Annunzio was ‘Italy’s premier poet at a time when poetry mattered enough to trigger riots.’ Lucy Hughes-Hallett has written an amazing biography entitled Gabriele d’Annunzio: poet, seducer and preacher of war. So while no poems are included in this book, it is a fascinating look at the life of a brilliant self-publicist who ‘used his fame to sell his work, seduce women and promote his extreme nationalism.’ I was able to find some of his poetry online, but all the sites remarked that translating poetry is a difficult task and often ends up rather awkward and strange.
Open the Door edited by Dorothea Lasky, Dominic Luxford and Jesse Nathan is subtitled ‘how to excite young people about poetry’ and is a collection of essays, discussion, and lesson plans. The editors hope the book will be used as a resource and inspiration for poets and teachers as they seek to create ‘community, excitement, joy and learning around poetry for younger audiences.’
Kids might be interested in perusing the following titles for some wonderful poems. Firefly July: a year of very short poems selected by Paul B. Janeczko contains American poems dealing with the four seasons, along with weather and animal patterns found therein. A Kick in the Head is an everyday guide to poetic forms also selected by Paul B. Janeczko which introduces 29 different poetic forms with examples and encouragement to try them on your own.
And what is poetry without memorization. Poems just seem to be written to be recited. Borrow Forget-me-nots: poems to learn by heart selected by Mary Ann Hoberman. This collection contains poems by classic and contemporary poets especially suited for memorizing and reciting. Maybe these titles will inspire you to gather friends and family and hold a poetry night this month with everyone sharing their favorite poems or gather together and write some poetry to share.
Thank you to all who contributed to our Food for Fines drive. We collected over 250 pounds of food to benefit the Falls Hunger Coalition and their March Food Drive.
Pictures and Pens
"Pictures and Pens – Year 2!" The library’s program seeking to encourage both photographers and writers in their craft. Each month we solicit writings of less than 1,000 (due the 10th of the month) and select a winning entry with the writer being awarded $50. The winning story is then posted in the library and on the library blog at http://ifallslibrary.blogspot.com and we ask photographers to provide a photo for the story. Photos are due on the last day of the month the library is open with the winning photographer being awarded $50. After we have selected twelve photos and stories we will print them together in a small book. Everyone is eligible to enter these contests (although if you win one month, you are not eligible the next month). For more information, visit the library blog, or contact Diane at the library.