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You Are Forbidden To Read This! An Overview of Banned Books

September 22, 2017

Human nature is a funny thing. If you tell someone they can't do something, they want to do it more. This is especially true when it comes to banned books.


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Baseball Poetry

April 14, 2017

April is National Poetry Month, and it's also the month that Major League Baseball kicks off a brand-new season.


FROM MAYA ANGELOU TO TUPAC SHAKUR: SPOTLIGHT ON AFRICAN-AMERICAN POETS

February 22, 2016

Among the many treasures in the Literature & Fiction department is our poetry collection, which clocks in at around 20,000 titles.  Since February is African-American Heritage Month, what better time to spotlight a few of these fabulous poets?


Broken Hart

February 28, 2015

During his all-too-brief lifetime, Lorenz Hart penned the words to more than 500 songs, many of which have since found their way into the Great American Songbook.


Fascinating Rhythm

Fascinating Rhythm

February 18, 2015

As we enter week three of our "I-Heart-Hart-Fest," some of you might be wondering, "What's the big deal about this Hart guy?"  Well, I am here to tell you that it's all about word choice and rhythm.  Lorenz Hart was a master of both.


My Funny Valentine

February 12, 2015

Our celebration of the word wizardry of Lorenz Hart continues with another love song.  With February 14th right around the corner, what better song to choose than the Rodgers and Hart classic My Funny Valentine?


Photograph of Lorenz Hart

A Very Larry Valentine: the Love Lyrics of Lorenz Hart

February 06, 2015

The best lyricists are poets, albeit with a slightly different skill set.  Their goal is not to make the words sing upon the page, but rather to craft lines that can be sung in real life.  Like Shakespeare's plays, their couplets and stanzas are meant to be heard and not seen.


Edna St. Vincent Millay

Fourth and Final February Love Poem of the Week!

February 21, 2014

Eugen BoussevainThanks for sticking with me all month long.  I hope you liked the poems.  Last but not least is an entry from Miss Edna St.


W. B. Yeats

Love Poem of the Week #3

February 15, 2014

Maud Gonne, Yeats' museAnd now for a classic "you'll miss me when I'm gone&quot


Sara Teasdale

Just in Time for Valentine's--Love Poem of the Week #2

February 08, 2014

Valentine's Day will be here before you know it!  So here's a sweet treat for you courtesy of Sara Teasdale, an American poet who lived from 1884-1933.   Teasdale (pictured above) hailed from St.


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