15th ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF NATIONAL POETRY MONTH
MY FAVORITE POEM PROJECT
How it all began...
United States Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky began the Favorite Poem Project back in 1998. It was designed to bring communities together by celebrating, documenting and encouraging poetry’s role in our lives. As a result, in small towns and cities across America, firemen, teachers, farmers, nurses, doctors, carpenters, plumbers, factory workers, children, policemen, vets, seniors, etc - poets and non-poets alike - come together every April to share their favorite poems.
Here's how it works...
This year, rather than staging a 2-hour event, we are asking you to send us your favorite poems by email to be posted on our website and Facebook pages. To submit a poem, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the title and poet's name, the text of the poem, and a short sentence or two about why you selected your poem. Each day in April, a Favorite Poem will be added below.
Here's what it will look like...
By E.E. Cummings
Submitted by Heidi Carle, Library Director
A reminder of the whimsy of my childhood, when hopscotch and jump-rope filled my hours.
spring when the world is mud-
luscious the little
whistles far and wee
and eddieandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it's
when the world is puddle-wonderful
old balloonman whistles
far and wee
and bettyandisbel come dancing
from hop-scotch and jump-rope and
2020 SCHEDULED EVENTS
All events originally scheduled at the Library have been cancelled in order to ensure the health and safety of our Community.
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For Rensselaerville Library's
1st Annual Virtual Celebration
National Poetry Month.
Now in its fourth year, the Poem-A-Day Project, hosted by the Rensselaerville Library in celebration of National Poetry Month, showcases a poem for each of the 30 days of April by a local or not-so-local poet.
Check it out by clicking on the 2020 button below.
Poetry Month 2015, friends and neighbors far and wide grew the community poem "Song of Ourselves".
Past Event Schedule & Description
Kids Meet Pete the Cat
3:30 pm Wednesday, April 10
The book character Pete the Cat will be visiting. Kids come meet Pete and have your photo taken. Amongst the many activities, kids will create their own poetry with inspiration from Pete the Cat. This is a drop-in program between 3:30pm and 5:30pm.
Poetry Open Mic
2:00-4:00 pm Saturday, April 13
In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Rensselaerville Library Poetry Group will host a Community Open Mic. Readers of all ages are invited to read their poem(s) & will receive a rare, much-sought-after refrigerator magnet in recognition of their participation!
Favorite Poem Project
2:00-4:00pm Saturday, April 27
We invite you to bring your own words or the poems of others as we celebrate community and poetry. We invite EVERYONE to bring a favorite poem to read. Do you remember a poem sent to you by a friend or lover, or read in a book or magazine? Or are you a poet with a favorite original poem to share? Or would you just enjoy the pleasure of getting to know your neighbors in new ways as they read aloud their favorite and/or original poems? If your response is “yes” to any of these questions please bring a poem to share or simply come to listen at the 14th Annual Favorite Poem Celebration. Enjoy an afternoon of poetry with Neighbors & Friends. Emceed by the inimitable Claire North.
Readers may sign up at the Library beginning at 1:45 pm.
Past Poetry Month Photos