Poetry for Kids (and kids at heart): A Poetry Reader’s Advisory from Youth Services

From the Academy of American Poets - April 2021 marks the 25th annual celebration of poets and poetry. Launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month reminds the public that poets have an integral role to play in our culture and that poetry matters. The Author Spotlight this month celebrates the … Continue reading Poetry for Kids (and kids at heart): A Poetry Reader’s Advisory from Youth Services

Spotlight on the O’Fallon Public Library Poetry Collection

This month, we're shining a light on the wide range of poetry books we have in our collection.  If your first impulse is to mutter something negative, consider that many of your favorite vocal songs are poetry.  I've learned to control the Pavlovian response caused by my high school English teachers who chose verse by … Continue reading Spotlight on the O’Fallon Public Library Poetry Collection

Five Star Friday War Dances by Sherman Alexie

While waiting for Sherman Alexie's newest title, my Five Star Friday recommendation is War Dances, the 2010 winner of the Pen/Faulkner Award for fiction.  While we have many titles of of his to choose from (see below), this collection of short stories, poems, and short works is one of my favorites. Publisher's Summary: Sherman Alexie delivers a … Continue reading Five Star Friday War Dances by Sherman Alexie

How to Read a Poem by Edward Hirsch, A Reader’s Advisory for National Poetry Month

The Five Star Favorite is sponsored this week by National Poetry Month. I freely admit that I cannot analyze or intelligently discuss the form, meter, or meaning of a poem; however, that does not mean I can’t enjoy the rarified stillness and awe that verse can instill. Nonetheless, I picked up How to Read a … Continue reading How to Read a Poem by Edward Hirsch, A Reader’s Advisory for National Poetry Month

The Rain in Portugal by Billy Collins, A Reader’s Advisory

Do words such as iambic pentameter, metrical foot, or sestina trigger high-school anxiety followed by a self-defense fueled urge to flee? Do you groan and do your eyes automatically glaze over at the mere mention names such as Keats, Donne or Chaucer? If so, check out the New Title Tuesday recommendation The Rain in Portugal by … Continue reading The Rain in Portugal by Billy Collins, A Reader’s Advisory

White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson by Brenda Wineapple, A Reader’s Advisory

It is definitely closing in on the darkest and coldest days of the season, so my Five Star Friday recommendation is to grab some tea and warm up with the poetry of my favorite poet, Emily Dickinson.  In the book, White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Brenda Wineapple not only … Continue reading White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson by Brenda Wineapple, A Reader’s Advisory

Hope and Dreams of Poetry, A Reader’s Advisory

While I’m helplessly drawn to the new and shiny, for this Five Star Friday, I'm recommending a soothing  revisit to the classic and timeless verse of liteary royalty such as Emily Dickinson and Lanston Hughes Dickinson’s, “Hope is a Thing with Feathers,” is a tonic in times of stress and uncertainty. Hope is the thing with … Continue reading Hope and Dreams of Poetry, A Reader’s Advisory