Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Ten Thousand Readers! Poetry Event April 23rd

Ten Thousand Readers: Will you be one of them? April is National Poetry Month. MassPoetry.org, producer of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, has an ambitious program to celebrate the fact that our state “has produced more poets than any other in the nation.” They are working with libraries, schools, colleges, book clubs and more to have 10,000 Massachusetts residents read seven poems by seven poets from Massachusetts. Many of those readers will be at the Thomas Crane Public Library in Quincy. Will you be one of them? The program, “Common Threads: Seven Poets and a Wealth of Readers,” starts at 2:00 PM on Saturday, April 23, 2011 in the Main Library Community Meeting Room on the ground floor at 40 Washington Street, Quincy, Massachusetts, 02169. S. D. Mullaney, author of Follow the Wolf Moon and a candidate for an MFA in Poetry at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, is putting the program together. He says, “Each poem in its way tells a story of how something huge and momentous — death of a loved one, inheritance from a war-torn country, divorce or separation, marriage and love — comes to be lodged in our hearts and to shape our lives. These huge things express themselves in the smallest, most mundane details – everyday sights, sounds, touches, and smells many of us have experienced and can relate to.” The poems were selected to appeal to a diverse audience by connecting our unique experiences with the universal issues of love, loss, home, war and transcendence. The poems are * “In the Waiting Room” by Elizabeth Bishop * “The Lost Pilot” by James Tate * “Occupation” by Suji Kwock Kim * “Vita Nova” by Louise Gl├╝ck * “New England Ode” by Kevin Young * “Samurai Song” by Robert Pinsky * “Love Song: I and Thou” by Alan Dugan The program in Quincy is not just for poetry lovers, but for everyone who loves life and the power of the written and spoken word to illuminate our common and our extraordinary experiences. All are welcome. Please come! For further information contact Harry R. Williams III, Library Director at (617) 376-1317 or email hwilliams@ocln.org.

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