Penelope’s Poetry Parlor: December (and a Sneak Peek for Next Year!)

Our theme for the library this year is What a Wonderful World, and to that end, we’re focusing on seeing the wonder in our world. Usually, every month at the desk, we have an article available for patrons to read and discuss with Julie, our library director, but this year, we’re handing out poems instead. Our trusty library goose is also helping us pen a monthly column that focuses on some of the gems in our poetry collection.

For December, our poem is Barbara Crooker’s “Ode to Chocolate.” We’ve been sharing poems this year to highlight our poetry collection, and we want to encourage you to continue to check out our poetry resources in the library system. If you need some regular poetry in your life, definitely check out the digital poem of the day from Poetry Foundation and/or Poets.org.

I want to wrap up the year by thanking all of you for reading and following the blog and providing a teaser of our plans for next year. They involve food. 😀

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Penelope’s Poetry Parlor: November

Our theme for the library this year is What a Wonderful World, and to that end, we’re focusing on seeing the wonder in our world. Usually, every month at the desk, we have an article available for patrons to read and discuss with Julie, our library director, but this year, we’re handing out poems instead. Our trusty library goose is also helping us pen a monthly column that focuses on some of the gems in our poetry collection.

For November, our poem is James Merrill’s “Periwinkles.” When people list popular 20th century poets, James Merrill likely doesn’t make most lists, though he was certainly well-respected during his lifetime. It’s a shame because, with his keen ear for language, Merrill has an elegant, eloquent style that is well worth visiting. It’s already evident in “Periwinkles,” which was written when Merrill was in his early 20s. His influence also extends beyond what he wrote, for Merrill, who was born into a wealthy, prominent family, used his inheritance to support fellow writers who were not as financially secure. Among other poets who benefited from his generosity is Elizabeth Bishop, whose work is better known today than Merrill’s.

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Penelope’s Poetry Parlor: October

Our theme for the library this year is What a Wonderful World, and to that end, we’re focusing on seeing the wonder in our world. Usually, every month at the desk, we have an article available for patrons to read and discuss with Julie, our library director, but this year, we’re handing out poems instead. Our trusty library goose is also helping us pen a monthly column that focuses on some of the gems in our poetry collection.

For October, our poem is Sophie Jewett’s “In Harvest.” Born in the first year of the Civil War, Jewett came from a well-to-do family in rural New York State. Her childhood, however, was dominated by a series of devastating losses–first her parents and then her relatives who had taken her and her siblings in after they were orphaned. Eventually, Jewett found her way to the home of a minister and his family. Her friendship with the family provided her with support for her budding poetry career, as well as the means to travel to Europe. Jewett eventually worked as an English professor at Wellesley College, and by her mid-thirties, she was publishing her poetry and translations as well.

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Penelope’s Poetry Parlor: September Treasure Hunt Challenge

 

Our theme for the library this year is What a Wonderful World, and to that end, we’re focusing on seeing the wonder in our world. Usually, every month at the desk, we have an article available for patrons to read and discuss with Julie, our library director, but this year, we’re handing out poems instead. Our trusty library goose is also helping us pen a monthly column that focuses on some of the gems in our poetry collection.

Usually, for these poetry posts, I’ve been focusing on discussing poems in our library’s collection paired with poems that connect with our monthly color theme.

But this month, our color is treasured turquoise, and that got us to thinking about treasure hunts and, well, now we have a treasure hunt challenge just for you. Sorry, not sorry. Read on, hearty adventurer!

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Penelope’s Poetry Parlor: August

Our theme for the library this year is What a Wonderful World, and to that end, we’re focusing on seeing the wonder in our world. Usually, every month at the desk, we have an article available for patrons to read and discuss with Julie, our library director, but this year, we’re handing out poems instead. Our trusty library goose is also helping us pen a monthly column that focuses on some of the gems in our poetry collection.

For August, our poem is Rainier Maria Rilke’s “Sunset.” Rilke is a noted late 19th century/early 20th century Austrian poet who is often considered a bridge between more traditional poetry and the modernist school. Rilke’s also one of the best-known German-language poets in the English-speaking world. His elegant, lyrical work is often billed as “mystical.”

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Penelope’s Poetry Parlor: July

Our theme for the library this year is What a Wonderful World, and to that end, we’re focusing on seeing the wonder in our world. Usually, every month at the desk, we have an article available for patrons to read and discuss with Julie, our library director, but this year, we’re handing out poems instead. Our trusty library goose is also helping us pen a monthly column that focuses on some of the gems in our poetry collection.

For July, our poem is William Carlos Williams’s “The Red Wheelbarrow.” Williams is a noted American Modernist poet, and this poem is considered a quintessential example of Imagist poetry. Imagists were more interested in writing about concrete things rather than abstractions, and they favored precise language while doing so. Though Williams was a noted poet during his time, it was not his day job. He made his living as a pediatric doctor while writing during his leisure time.

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Penelope’s Poetry Parlor: June

Our theme for the library this year is What a Wonderful World, and to that end, we’re focusing on seeing the wonder in our world. Usually, every month at the desk, we have an article available for patrons to read and discuss with Julie, our library director, but this year, we’re handing out poems instead. Our trusty library goose is also helping us pen a monthly column that focuses on some of the gems in our poetry collection.

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Penelope’s Poetry Parlor: May

Our theme for the library this year is What a Wonderful World, and to that end, we’re focusing on seeing the wonder in our world. Usually, every month at the desk, we have an article available for patrons to read and discuss with Julie, our library director, but this year, we’re handing out poems instead. Our trusty library goose is also helping us pen a monthly column that focuses on some of the gems in our poetry collection.

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Penelope’s Poetry Parlor: April

Our theme for the library this year is What a Wonderful World, and to that end, we’re focusing on seeing the wonder in our world. Usually, every month at the desk, we have an article available for patrons to read and discuss with Julie, our library director, but this year, we’re handing out poems instead. Our trusty library goose is also helping us pen a monthly column that focuses on some of the gems in our poetry collection.

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Penelope’s Poetry Parlor: March

Our theme for the library this year is What a Wonderful World, and to that end, we’re focusing on seeing the wonder in our world. Usually, every month at the desk, we have an article available for patrons to read and discuss with Julie, our library director, but this year, we’re handing out poems instead. Our trusty library goose is also helping us pen a monthly column that focuses on some of the gems in our poetry collection.

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