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Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen speaks at the library

Oregon Reads 2014In 2014, Oregon Reads commemorates the centennial of Oregon’s most celebrated poet, William Stafford. The goal is to once again involve 80,000 Oregonians in Oregon Reads 2014, in communities and on campuses throughout the state.

Paulann Petersen

Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen

Throughout the winter, the library offers programs in conjunction with Oregon Reads 2014. The first program is a presentation by Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen on Wednesday, January 29, at 6:00 PM in the Oak Room.

Ms. Petersen is Oregon’s  6th Poet Laureate, and will share her love of poetry. This presentation is free and open to the public, and is the kick-off for the library’s literary seminar on William Stafford.

For more information, contact the Reference Desk at 503-682-2744 or reference@wilsonvillelibrary.org.

What makes a famous poem famous?

PoetryFind out at our summer literary seminar “Potpourri: Some Famous Poems” with Prof. John Ehrstine.

This class is being offered on request for a discussion of poetry.  Thus, some notable lyrics – of a wide variety and vintage, some of which (many?) you will have seen before – will be surveyed to determine if they merit their fame. And why. The discussions will shun most technical concerns, the better to examine wider issues of appeal: powerful emotion, occasion, language, imagery, audience, and more.

Instructor: John Ehrstine
Wednesdays, 7/14-9/1 (8 classes)
6:00-8:00 p.m. – Rose Room
Fee: $40.00.
Texts will be available at the Circulation Desk.

This seminar is in lieu of the “Pride and Prejudice and Progeny” seminar which will be taught this fall.

For more information, or to sign up for the class, please call the library at 503-682-2744 or stop by the Circulation Desk.

Do you have a poem in your pocket?

poetry magnetsYou should!

Thursday, April 29, is National Poem in Your Pocket Day. Take a moment and find a poem you love, write it down, and put that poem in your pocket to share with those around you on that day. It’s all part of celebrating April as National Poetry Month. (Don’t feel bad – I just found out about it, too.)

Need some help finding that perfect poem? Try these resources:

  • Poetry 180 – includes a list of all 180 poems they recommend for high school students (a poem for each of the 180 days in a school year)
  • Poets.org – website for all things poetic, including poem-a-day, seasonal poetry lists, teen poetry resources, and a lot more
  • Poetry Tool from the Poetry Foundation – narrow down the poem you are looking for by category, occasion, title, first line, and author. 
  • The Writer’s Almanac – get your poem for the day, as well as “this day in history” snippets. Includes a searchable database of poems Garrison Keillor has read on the Writer’s Almanac.

What poem is in your pocket? Mine is inspired by this morning’s rainy drive to the library:

Spring rain
leaking through the roof
dripping from the wasps’ nest

-Matsuo Basho