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Poetry Month – Week 3

We’ve had a classic and a children’s poem so far this poetry month. Here is one that was just published in Poetry Magazine this February.

Wood. Salt. Tin.
By Jane Hirshfield

Little soul,
do you remember?

You once walked
over wooden boards
to a house
that sat on stilts in the sea.

It was early.

The sun painted
brightness onto the water,
and wherever you sat
that path
led directly to you.

Some mornings
the sea-road was muted
scratched tin,
some mornings blinding.

Then it would leave.

Little soul,
it is strange —

even now it is early.

Ocean Sunrise

Poetry Month – Week 2

We continue celebrating poetry month with another poem! This  week I want to expose you all to a new book in our collection called Grumbles from the Town: Mother-Goose Voices with a Twist by Jane Yolen and Rebecca Kai Dotlich. As you can gather from the title, the poems in this book are all based on traditional Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes, but they tell the stories from a different point of view. Like this one, based on “Ring Around the Rosie”:

The Rosebush Grumbles (Again)

Every day it is the same:
the children play the Rosie game.
They dance around me in a ring
and they begin to chant and sing.
It’s much too loud, my roots get sore,
and still they sing and dance some more.
My stems grown thorny; my petals fall.
I do not like their song at all.
It’s simply such a boring sound,
I with that they would all stay down.

(Grumble, mumble, fumble, yawn,
I wish they’d just get off my lawn!)

April is Poetry Month

I was in Speech Club during high school, and I had to memorize a bunch of poems for my speech meets since my category was Extemporaneous Poetry.  To celebrate National Poetry Month, I’ll be sharing a favorite poem each Friday of April.

This week’s poem is not a cheerful happy one, but I remember relishing the last two lines, making them contrast with each other as much as I could. It’s been running through my mind this week, so it gets shared with you all first. I hope you enjoy it!

“The Spider and the Ghost of the Fly”
By Vachel Lindsay
Once I loved a spider
When I was brn a fly,
A velvet-footed spider
With a gown of rainbow-dye.
She ate my wings and gloated.
She bound me with a hair.
She drove me to her parlor
Above her winding stair.
To educate young spiders
She took me all apart.
My ghost came back to haunt her.
I saw her eat my heart.

Minnesota Book Award 2017

SELCO staff along with librarians around the region are reviewing all 36 of the titles up for this year’s Minnesota Book Awards. You can see what they’re saying about each of them on SELCO’s page for these awards.

These reviews are not all posted at once, so come back and take a listen to their thoughts on these home-grown books! (The books with reviews state who the reviewer are under the book cover. Click on the cover to hear the review!)

Join our Library Board!

WANTED: Two Library Board of Trustees Members

Are you a library lover? Do you enjoy volunteering and serving the community in a variety of ways? Then come join us!

The Van Horn Public Library currently has two openings on our Board of Trustees. Board members serve three year terms. Meetings on the second Monday of every other month at the library at 7pm.

Preference will be given to citizens of the City of Pine Island, although you may also represent Goodhue, Dodge or Olmsted Counties. Applications are available at the library or on our website: PDF or word doc.