Do not approach an emu,
The bird does not esteem you.
It wields a quick and wicked kick
That’s guaranteed to cream you.
– Jack Prelutsky
A Pizza the Size of the Sun by Jack Prelutsky is my children’s book pick for April. This book is a wonderful introduction to the world of poetry. It is fun, lighthearted, and a truly magical read. It was first published in 1996, but continues to be just as great a read today. It is a book for kids who have enjoyed Prelutsky’s Be Glad your Nose is on your Face and Other Poems and Something BIG Has Been Here, Janeczko and Raschka’s A Poke in the I, and Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends.
Continue reading Kids’ Book Pick: A Pizza the Size of the Sun by Jack Prelutsky
TERENCE, this is stupid stuff: …
Pretty friendship ’tis to rhyme
Your friends to death before their time
Moping melancholy mad:
Come, pipe a tune to dance to, lad.’
A.E. Housman from “Terence, this is stupid stuff”
That is A. E. Housman referring to his own writing of poetry.
As I wandered around the library taking pictures of staff and their favorite poetry books for a poetry video at least 2 staff members said, “I hate poetry”. Continue reading Liking Poetry
How do you find a good poem?
Where in the world do you look?
We used to have a really big tome—
A tome, as you know is a book..
And the book was Columbia Granger’s Index to Poetry, in which a person could look up a line by subject or author and then it would tell you what poem it came from and what book collection it was published in. Then if you happen to have that collection, you could look it up and read the poem. Easy—but there were a lot ifs in that process… Plus it is a really heavy book. Now there are many links to finding poetry online. Continue reading Finding Poetry Online
“April is the cruelest month” so opens the The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot.
It is also National Poetry Month. Started in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month is celebrating its 20th year of inspiring the love and celebration of poetry and poets all year long.
Stop by the library and check out one of our lovely poetry books or check out this list of 30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month.