Reading Room Blog

08/10/2009 - 12:59pm

 BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE 


For over forty years, Mark Vinz, of Moorhead, Minnesota—poet, teacher, publisher—has been a prominent advocate for the literature of the Upper Great Plains. Here’s a recent poem that speaks to growing older.


Cautionary Tales

12/06/2010 - 2:37pm

I really am glad you asked about this book, because I had not heard of it before! So, now I'm learning about a new author.

08/03/2009 - 4:11pm

BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE 

I don’t often mention literary forms, but of this lovely poem by Cecilia Woloch I want to suggest that the form, a villanelle, which uses a pattern of repetition, adds to the enchantment I feel in reading it. It has a kind of layering, like memory itself. Woloch lives and teaches in southern California. 

My Mother’s Pillow 

07/27/2009 - 4:29pm

 BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE


Jane Hirshfield, a Californian and one of my favorite poets, writes beautiful image-centered poems of clarity and concision, which sometimes conclude with a sudden and surprising deepening. Here's just one example.

03/03/2010 - 11:53am


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07/20/2009 - 3:02pm

This is an off year for real travel, so I must travel vicariously. Luckily, the library has many trips you can take via a book in your own reading chair.

07/20/2009 - 10:36am

BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE

Elizabeth Bishop, one of our greatest American poets, once wrote a long poem in which the sudden appearance of a moose on a highway creates a community among a group of strangers on a bus. Here Ronald Wallace, a Wisconsin poet, gives us a sighting with similar results.

Sustenance

07/20/2009 - 9:33am

Review a book through the online catalog or in library branches, and your name will be entered into the weekly drawing to win a CRRL prize! [Contest open to VA residents only]  It's fast and easy to enter. Click here for step-by-step instructions.

Don't forget to return to the book contest page and let  us know which book you reviewed so you can be entered into the contest. The contest will run through August 31, when the library's summer reading clubs end. It is open to all ages, so start reviewing today!

07/16/2009 - 11:08am

Are you a local author? 
Help us wrap up the Summer Reading Program by being a part of our Book Signing Party at Porter on Saturday, August 22! 

Library patrons will have the opportunity to purchase your work and get your autograph! The party takes place from 2-5pm, and refreshments will be provided.

Call Porter at 540-659-4909 for more information, or to register.

07/16/2009 - 9:29am

BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE

There have been many poems written in which a photograph is described in detail, and this one by Margaret Kaufman, of the Bay Area in California, uses the snapshot to carry her further, into the details of memory.

Photo, Brownie Troop, St. Louis, 1949

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