Monday, April 21, 2014

Poem in Your Pocket day

Since 2004, during National Poetry Month, the Academy of American Poets holds Poem in Your Pocket Day, and we are celebrating it here at TVCC on April 24th! This is a day to, well, put a poem in your pocket.  It is also a day designed to get people talking about and sharing poetry.,d.aWw&psig=AFQjCNFAVG3emMDB5SjyEq4NFh9gVal_Gg&ust=1398201367562342What do you do?
1. Find a poem, write it down or print it out, and keep it in our pocket the whole of the day.

And don’t tell me you can’t find a poem that suits your pocket.  There are poems about everything (though, as G.K. Chesterton pointed out, “The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese”).

Here, for example, is a poem about a pocket:
Are generally over or around
Erogenous zones, they seem to dive
In the direction of those

Dark places, and indeed
It is their nature to be dark
Themselves, keeping a kind

Of thieves' kitchen for the things
Sequestered from the world
For long or little while,

The keys, the handkerchiefs,
The sad and vagrant little coins
That are really only passing through.

For all they locate close to lust,
No pocket ever sees another;
There is in fact a certain sadness

To pockets, going in their lonesome ways
And snuffling up their sifting storms
Of dust, tobacco bits and lint.

A pocket with a hole in it
Drops out; from shame, is that, or pride?
What is a pocket but a hole?
-Howard Nemerov

2. After you select the perfect poem to carry in your pocket, share it with everyone you meet!That’s the joy of poetry!  Ask someone if they have a poem in their pocket; Read someone the poem you have in your own.  To find out more about it or get a poem for your pocket, check out this site.
3. As an added incentive to do these things, there will be staff and faculty equipped with raffle tickets wearing buttons which say, "Is that a poem in your pocket?" that they will give you if you read your poem to them.  You will find staff or faculty wearing buttons in most of the campus buildings.  You can also visit the Library and read your poem to one of the staff there for tickets.  Collect as many tickets as you wish, and bring them to the Open Mic Poetry Night in the Library at 6:00 pm.  You can read your pocket poem and other poems, listen to staff and faculty read some of their favorites, eat some yummy treats, and put your tickets in a drawing for some truly fabulous prizes.

What is great about this event is the reading aloud of poetry to one another. Poems should be read aloud. It gives the words a life that the page cannot. If you've not heard poetry aloud, it is a wonderful experience. Try some of these tags on LastFM for a great listen. You will find amazing slam poetry, true beat poetry from the likes of Jack Kerouac, and performances that will have you reexamining what you think about a poem like the feature by Lady Khadija, and many others. Give it a try.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

A little more about poetry

"Poetry is the music of the soul, and, above all, of great and feeling souls."
The words of Voltaire really capture what poetry is for me...a beat, a rhythm, a mood, a moment, a feeling fleeting or exhaustively expressed.  It is a little bit of everything and it means only to you what your soul hears from it.
Without waxing on, here are a couple that were speaking to my soul this week that I wanted to share.

Still I rise by Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don't you take it awful hard
'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin' in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I'll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history's shame
I rise
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I rise
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise

Dreams by Langston Hughes
Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

And a few others in case you are in the poetry mood and feeling that music....
Latin & Soul by Victor Hernandez Cruz, Record by Katrina Vandenberg,

Monday, April 14, 2014

National Library Week!!!!!

Yes, it is officially National Library Week.  What does that mean?  Well, you have a fantastic opportunity to express your library love, and the library gets to express to you all just how much we appreciate you!  Sounds pretty great to me. 
So, what's happening this week? 
  • Every day this week we will have a trivia question about our TVCC library.  Simply come up to the Library and enter your best guess.  The person with the closest guess will win a prize for the day.  And the prizes are awesome including gift cards to Amazon, Jolt's N Juice, Barnes & Nobles, the Reel Theater and much more.  So come see us this week.
  • Wednesday is our awesome poetry workshop so come create something fun and extraordinary with us between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.
  • On Friday, we will have goodies in the afternoon for anyone on campus. Come enjoy a refreshing end of the week treat on us!
And for our online followers...yes, we have something for you.  You can participate too!  All of our fans, we'd love it if you shared with us why you love the library.  This year the theme is, "Lives Change @ your library"  so tell us how your life has been changed by a library, librarian, or library experience.  Or just tell us why you like libraries. How?
  • Comment here on the blog
  • Post a message on our Facebook wall
  • Tweet your comments using #LivesChange and #NLW14
  • If you need more than a Tweet's worth of characters, share your story here.
  •  Come take a selfie with our pop-out board and post it here on our Flickr group page, on your favorite social media site, or download the pop-out and create your own pic.  Check out the Flickr page if you need some inspiration.
All comments, pics, hand-written notes, and Tweets from TVCC patrons will be entered into a grand-prize drawing that is absolutely amazing.  Honestly, I'm a little jealous of this winner.  So make sure you share and spread your library love today!