Spotlight on National Poetry Month

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    Oil rigs in Texas 
    Texas postcard featuring the poem "Down in Texas" and oil rigs.
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    Souvenir shop selling sake and traditional poems 
    A souvenir shop selling sake and traditional poems, Miyajima Island, Hiroshima prefecture, Honshu Island, Japan.
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    Poem projected onto Edinburgh Castle 
    A line of poetry from 'Disenchantments' by the award-winning Scottish poet Douglas Dunn is projected onto Edinburgh castle.
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    Polymer poem written with an AFM 
    Coloured atomic force micrograph (AFM) of the poem Stages by Herman Hesse written in polymer by dynamic plowing lithography.
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    Giant knitted poem 
    Poetry Society Director Judith Palmer relaxes on a giant knitted poem outside the British Library, Euston Road, London.
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    Bertold Brecht's poem written on wall 
    Man with a hat passing by wall with a Bertolt Brecht's poem written on it, Carrer Tallers, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.
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    Shiraz, Iran 
    A vendor sells Hafez poems near the entrance of the Tomb of Hafez.
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    Remembering and reciting poetry 
    Tutor Sean Roche encourages Marcus May, 10, in reciting a Robert Frost poem during a Project Northstar tutoring session.
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    Tablecloth poetry 
    Piece of tablecloth on which Verlaine has written his poems 'Les Amies' and 'Le Printemps', with a portrait of Verlaine by Cazals.
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    Poema Ultim 
    Poema Ultim, a poem by Salvador Espriu from the book El cementiri de Sinera on a wall in Arenys de Mar, Catalonia, Spain.
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    The Cat Which is Like Nothing on Earth 
    The Cat Which is Like Nothing on Earth, illustration for the poem collection 'La Menagerie de Tristan' by Robert Desnos, 1932.
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    Beat Poetry 
    Robert Clairmont, former editor of Pegasus poetry magazine, reads his poetry at the College of Complexes tavern.
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    Commuter Enjoys Mayoral Poetry 
    A subway rider reads a poem on a PSA poster written by Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia.
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    Child reading in school 
    Second grade child engrossed in a book of poetry, "It's Raining Pigs and Noodles", sitting at her table in school.
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    Poetry roleplay 
    Young girls role playing different characters from poetry, Bandar Abbas, Iran, January 27, 2004.
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    Magda Farkas 
    Auschwitz concentration camp survivor Magda Farkas recites poetry before an audience in a bar in the Greenwich Village.
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    Body fitting in Pakistan 
    The majority of Pakistan's vehicles are painted top to bottom with landscapes, portraits, poetry, religious verses and banter.
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    Steve Irwin memorial service 
    A poem on the back of a khaki shirt at the memorial service for Australian environmentalist and television personality Steve Irwin.
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    Migrant Children Study At School In Shanghai 
    Students and a poem reflected in a window at a school for rural migrant workers children in Shanghai, China.
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    Howl Festival in NYC 
    Artist Frank Shifreen works on his creation at the Howl Festival, named after poet Allen Ginsberg's poem Howl.

Featured Biography from Biography in Context: Theodor Seuss Geisel/Dr. Seuss
One of the most widely read poets, Theodor Seuss Geisel gained his fame in the world of children’s literature under the pseudonym Dr. Seuss. Though he was told at an early age he couldn’t draw, Geisel went on to publish more than 50 books and become a household name. Click the link to read more about the infamous Dr. Seuss, including how he got his start as the student editor of Dartmouth’s humor magazine, produced war films for the Allied forces, and came up with the rhythm of one of his books on a cruise ship crossing the Atlantic.
In Your Library: Modern Poetry
The library has a large selection of poetry available for checkout, including the National Book Award winner for poetry, Bewilderment by David Ferry. Browse our selection through the online catalog and come pick up some poems for your reading pleasure! Need help understanding poetry? The library also has plenty of poetry criticism to help you get into the mind of the poets, all available for three week checkout.
The Poetry Foundation
A free online resource that offers access to over 10,000 poems as well as information on over 6,000 poets. Poems are organized by subject, occasion, and poetic terms, with select poems and poets supplemented with criticisms and critiques.
Favorite Poem Project
Founded by Robert Pinsky, the 39th Poet Laureate of the United States, the Favorite Poem Project called upon American citizens to create videos of themselves reading their favorite poem. Over 18,000 videos were submitted by individuals ranging from 5 to 97 years old. Find a new favorite by visiting the FPP website, which highlights 50 of these videos featuring 50 different people reading 50 different poems.
Map of Poems and Poets
The University of Toronto’s Representative Poetry Online website contains 4,700 poems from 723 poets, as well as relevant timelines, criticism, glossaries, and bibliographies. The map portion of the website combines four different types of location information about poems and poets with an interactive map, allowing you to see markers for all the places mentioned in poems and the locations where poets were born, lived, and died. Click on a marker to find a link to more information about the associated poet or poem.

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