Let’s get the pun out of the way right up front: Have you seen our poet tree? (Get it? Poet-tree? Poetry?) April is, as we pointed out last year, National Poetry Month, and one way we are celebrating is with a display on the table near the elevator. We have this fine poet-tree (pictured at right), lots of copies of poems to take (you wouldn’t want to be caught without on Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day, April 24), paper and pencils for you to write your own poem, and of course lots of poetry books.
You’ll find the rest of our poetry collections on the third floor in the 800s. Here are a few “addresses” (call numbers) to get you started:
Collected Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay: 811 MIL
The Dream of a Common Language by Adrienne Rich: 811 RICH
Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass: 811.3 WHI
The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson: 811.4 DIC
Coming Into Eighty by May Sarton: 811.52 SAR
Aimless Love by Billy Collins: 811.54 COL
Selected Poems of T.S. Eliot: 821 ELI
Go Giants by Nick Laird: 821.92 LAI
The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke: 831 RIL
Collected Poems of Federico Garcia Lorca: 861.62 GAR
The Essential Rumi: 891.5511 JAL
But the library isn’t the only place that’s celebrating National Poetry Month. The Boston Poetry Slam is happening this month at the Cantab Lounge, and there are plenty of other poetry-related events happening around town – check out the Boston.com calendar.
What is your favorite poem (or poet) and how did you discover it (him/her)? Oftentimes, it will be a single poem, or even a line from a poem, that leads to the discovery of more. For instance, Nick Laird’s poem “On Beauty” was included in Zadie Smith’s novel of the same title. (Incidentally, Laird and Smith are married.) In John Green’s much-adored The Fault in Our Stars, Hazel Grace quotes at length from T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” (“Do I dare / disturb the universe?”). Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife is full of literary references, especially to Rainer Maria Rilke’s Duino Elegies. Did you discover your favorite poem in a book? Or somewhere else? We want to hear! Leave a comment below.