April 2019: Poetry Month

April 2019

Poetry: Power in Words

 "April is the cruelest month..." declares T.S. Eliot in the first line of The Waste Land. Yet, walking around town, one sees the daffodils blooming, the forsythia branches bathed in a yellow haze--a promise of the brilliant yellow that will erupt soon, birds actively constructing nests, ospreys returning, buds popping out on the rhododendron bushes. The days are warmer and the sun's rays are gaining strength. April is a time of promise! And during this time of rebirth and promise--what better month to celebrate poetry.

Succintly, poetry expresses dreams, humor, hope and comfort. The staff at Eight Cousins has selected some of their favorite poems and books that celebrate the beauty--and fun--that is poetry.

(from Eileen)







(from Joanne)







("Ladies First," 
from Lindsay)

Just about every popular breed has a short descriptive poem in Bark in the Park!: Poems for Dog Lovers. The final rhyme wraps up for all breeds:

So here's to dogs both big and little
And the others in the middle
And here's to all mixed breeds, too
Being friends with a dog is a dream come true
(from Emily)
is a story, not a poem, but it is a story of poems and trees. When Sylvia ties her poem to the trunk of a birch tree, she doesn't expect the tree to write back! And yet each time she leaves a poem, she finds one in return. It's her very own poetree. But maybe not her very own. Maybe her tree and her poems are connecting her to a friend, another poet who also loves trees. (from Sara)
(from Izzy)
(from Livvy)
("The Summer Day,"
from Tasha)
 In Poetry Will Save Your Life, poet Jill Bialosky presents a memoir that includes poems that have served as her guideposts at pivotal times in her life. Her love of poetry began in fourth grade when her teacher read to the class Robert Frost's "The Road not Taken."
   In her introduction, Bialosky notes, "Poetry has given me more sustenance, meaning, joy, and consolation than I could hope for in this life, and in return, it is my hope that this book might open the door of poetry for others." 
   Open her book to any chapter, read an old favorite poem or be introduced to a new poet, close your eyes, and experience the unique way the poem speaks to you. (from Mary Fran)
Poetry Absolutely Saved
Her Life and Sanity
Why poetry matters is very personal for Falmouth resident Alice Kociemba. "In my early thirties, I was hit in the head by a line drive at a baseball game. I lost the ability to work and to read. I was given a 'get well' gift--
The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson. Poetry literally saved my sanity! Dickinson's short poems, with their short lines, helped me to re-learn how to read.
 Through those six months of enforced isolation (I could no longer drive, because of seizures), I read, at most, one poem a day, over and over. I had been a voracious reader prior to the injury, and those poems compensated for the loss of my personal and professional identity." 
    Why poetry still matters to Alice is crystal clear: "Poetry, in particular, moves us beyond the personal to what is universal. It is a way for us to empathize and identify with another person's experience that may not be one's own. Any time I have shared this experience of my head injury at a poetry reading, someone comes up to me and tells me about an experience they have had with suffering. In this way, we are less isolated." 
    Alice has been active in the poetry community in Falmouth, and across the Commonwealth. She is the author of Bourne Bridge and Death of Teaticket Hardware, the title poem of which won an International Merit Award from the Atlanta Review. Alice was the first poet to receive a Literacy Award from the Cape Cod Council of the International Reading Association for promoting literacy through poetry. 
    Her latest project is being part of the editorial team for a poetry anthology, From the Farther Shore: Discovering Cape Cod & the Islands Through Poetry. This anthology celebrates the history and heritage of the region, and will be released by Bass River Press. Submissions are open until June 30, and guidelines are available at: https://www.cultural-center.org/special-features/#bass-river-press
Join the PBS NewsHour/New York Times monthly book club, Now Read This
It's easy! Just follow the link below and join the group. Each month, the PBS NewsHour/NYTimes book club, Now Read This, selects a book for discussion. The book for April is Brotopia, by Emily Chang. 
During the month, there is information about the selected book and its author online. Readers are encouraged to submit questions to the author, some of which will be aired on the PBS NewsHour at the end of each month.
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