April 17th, 2014

Haappy National Haiku Day From The Chicago Public Library!

In honor of National Haiku Day, we thought we’d get in on the fun with some 5-7-5 action about Chicago:

Spring around the bend.

What did Tom Skilling just say?!

Malort down the hatch.

Re-blog with your best Chicago Haikus! 

March 6th, 2014

Goodnight Songs - ‘Goodnight Moon’ Author’s Poetry Published Posthumously

From Time:

Children’s book lovers are being treated to the debut of a new collection by an old favorite.

Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny author Margaret Wise Brown died at 42 in 1952, but she left behind what Publisher’s Weekly describes as a “treasure trove of unpublished manuscripts.” On Tuesday, Sterling Children’s Books released a collection of 12 of Brown’s unpublished children’s songs in a work titled Goodnight Songs.

Click here to buy Goodnight Songs!

February 13th, 2014
CPL Throwback Thursday - Langston Hughes And Gwendolyn Brooks In Bronzeville. Circa 1949.
Hughes and Brooks celebrated the publication of an award-winning anthology, The Poetry of the Negro, at the George Cleveland Hall branch, Chicago Public Library. This “definitive anthology, ” co-authored by Hughes and Arna Bontemps, included works by such Chicago Renaissance poets as Gwendolyn Brooks, Fenton Johnson, Margaret Walker, Frank Marshall Davis, and Frank London Brown.

CPL Throwback Thursday - Langston Hughes And Gwendolyn Brooks In Bronzeville. Circa 1949.

Hughes and Brooks celebrated the publication of an award-winning anthology, The Poetry of the Negro, at the George Cleveland Hall branch, Chicago Public Library. This “definitive anthology, ” co-authored by Hughes and Arna Bontemps, included works by such Chicago Renaissance poets as Gwendolyn Brooks, Fenton Johnson, Margaret Walker, Frank Marshall Davis, and Frank London Brown.

November 18th, 2013

Girls Who Read - A Poem By Mark Grist

From The Huffington Post:

"I like a girl who reads."

In a world where we are inundated with lyrics and images that relentlessly sexualize and objectify women, these words are refreshing.

The poem, written and performed by poet, writer and actor, Mark Grist, was created a few years ago, but is given new life in this Roundhouse London video. The piece has been called a “feminist anthem,” because it celebrates women’s imagination and drive as their most attractive qualities.

Watch the video below!

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