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National Poetry Month Readings by Patten Free Staff

April 4 @ 8:00 am - May 8 @ 5:00 pm

Sharing our favorite poems and poets is another way our to stay connected with each other and with you during the Library closure. We’re sharing the staff readings on social media, but here are links to the videos for those who don’t use Facebook or Instagram.  The readings will be available through next Friday, May 8.

April 1: Shannon Bowring reads two Mary Oliver poems, “Evidence,” “Invitation,” and a selection from “The Book of Time.” Click here to view. (From Devotions, Penguin Press: 2017)

April 3:  Jill Piekut reads Wislawa Szymborska’s “Consolation.” Click here to view. (National Poetry Foundation; translated by Clare Cavanagh.)

April 6.  Samantha Ricker reads Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” and “The Road Not Taken.”  Click here to view. (New Enlarged Pocket Anthology of Robert Frost’s Poems; Washington Square Press: 1969)

April 9:  Andrea Terry reads Langston Hughes’ “Mother to Son.”  Click here to view. (The Vintage Book of African American Poets, Vintage: 2000) 

April 12.  Maegan Rice reads an untitled poem about spring by her friend Charles (Chuck) Hagen.  Click here. to view. 

April 14.  Laurel Cox reads “Fictional Characters” by Danusha Lameris from The Moons of August.  Click here to view. Published by Autumn House Press. 2014.

April 17.  Amanda Walden reads “Smart” by Shel Silverstein from Where the Sidewalk Ends. Click here to view.  Published by Harper and Row. 1974.

April 20.  Roberta Jordan reads “April Walk” by Jane Kenyon from The Boat of Quiet Hours.  Click here to view.  Published by Graywolf Press. 1986.

April 22. Jill Piekut reads “One Train May Hide Another” by Kenneth Koch from One Train. Click here to view.  Published by Alfred A. Knopf. 1994.

April 24.  Shannon Bowring reads “Instructions on Not Giving Up” by Ada Limn.  Click here to view. First published in “Poem-A-Day” by the Academy of American Poets. 2017. 

April 27.   Josephina Gasca reads “The Old Threads Are Unraveling” by Julia Myer.  Click here to view.  Her source for the poem is https://spiritual-awakening.co.za/2267-2/.

April 29.  Katy Dodge reads selections from Bill Martin Jr.’s Big Book of Poetry.  Click here to view.   (Simon and Schuster: 2008).

April 30.  Nine Patten Free Library staff members share an original renga, a traditional Japanese poetic form.  Click here to view. 

We’ll be adding them all month, so keep checking back here for the latest installments. 



April 4 @ 8:00 am
May 8 @ 5:00 pm
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