poetry

Cultivating A Love For The Written Word

A lot of kids don't think they like poetry that is until, they listen to someone read a book that is funny.  So, in honor of National Poetry Month, I would like to highlight two books that will tickle your funny bone. 

Lit Geek Heaven: Pennsound Audio Archive

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Pennsound's mission is to collect, and make available to the public free of charge, recordings of contemporary authors and poets reading their own work, as well as to preserve recordings of authors from the past.

There Once Was a Girl Named….

She Walks in BeautyI suspect there are poems written for every subject a person could imagine.  (Some more interesting than others.)  I love a recent collection I saw: Caroline Kennedy’s She Walks in Beauty.  The poems run the gamut from falling in love to breaking up; from love of clothes to love of work; from growing up to growing old.  It’s a beautiful collection that makes me delighted to be a woman.

 

National Poetry Month

There was a time – many, many years ago, before radio and television – that people found entertainment through reading. Not just silently to themselves, but aloud, for everyone. And not just popular novels of the day. People were hungry for education as well as entertainment. They also read the newspaper – and poetry. Almost everyone remembers learning some poems in school, and many of us probably have favorites that we can recite. Poems that touched us in a way that made us want to remember that moment, so we learned them by heart. Poems that were, in fact, made to be read aloud.

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