This is a great time of year to enjoy poetry, particularly as we search for peace and meaning in the holiday hustle. Last week Washington's Poet Laureate, Sam Green, visited the library, bringing with him a literal feast of poems written both by himself and others. "Most people aren't aware of how many fine poets and poems are out there, and how large a need they fill," said Green. "'Poems are tongues for the mute hearts of people,' he quoted, "and I find that to be true, over and over." Try some of these selections - best read aloud!
Habitat : new and selected poems, 1965-2005 by Brendan Galvin. Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, 2005.
The grace of necessity by Samuel Green. Pittsburgh [PA] : Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2008.
Collected poems by Jane Kenyon. Saint Paul, Minn. : Graywolf , 2005.
Delights & shadows : poems by Ted Kooser. Port Townsend, Wash. : Copper Canyon Press, 2004.
Thirst : poems by Mary Oliver. Boston : Beacon Press, 2006
Here, bullet by Brian Turner. Farmington, ME: Alice James Books, 2005
The Friends of the Oak Harbor Library group is sponsoring a Haiku contest this month. Here's my (unofficial) entry:
The season's arrived,
Relentless and compelling.
Remember to breathe...
Happy reading to all! Mary