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Today’s new poem is "Shift #5" by Ali Liebegott.

Today’s new poem is "Shift #5" by Ali Liebegott.

Starting this month we’re featuring one term per week from Edward Hirsch’s "instant classic" on our site:
http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/text/poets-glossary-poetry

Starting this month we’re featuring one term per week from Edward Hirsch’s "instant classic" on our site:

http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/text/poets-glossary-poetry

Today’s new poem is "The Hills, 11" by Kate Durbin.

Today’s new poem is "The Hills, 11" by Kate Durbin.

Today’s new poem is "Thek" by Thom Donovan.

Today’s new poem is "Thek" by Thom Donovan.

Farewell to National Poetry Month & hello to the new Poets.org! Let’s share poetry all year long: http://www.poets.org/

Farewell to National Poetry Month & hello to the new Poets.org! Let’s share poetry all year long: http://www.poets.org/

Today’s new poem is "Star in the Throat, Fire in the Cupboard" by Catie Rosemurgy. 

Today’s new poem is "Star in the Throat, Fire in the Cupboard" by Catie Rosemurgy. 

Today’s new poem is "Representative Character" by Brett Fletcher Lauer.

Today’s new poem is "Representative Character" by Brett Fletcher Lauer.


If it wasn’t for libraries, I would not have had a place to dream as a young teen, or place to listen to music or to explore volumes of art from the Renaissance to the Surrealists, 
or walk across the aisles and read titles of poetry books sideways, 
or simply sit on a beautiful wooden desk and stack books and write or draw or sit back and be part of the world of literature, knowledge and a community of friends 
and librarians that gave me advice and somehow allowed me to check out incredible mountains of book and barely carry them to my parent’s apartment a few blocks away.
Libraries were always a place of solace and buzzing creativity and curiosity for me. To this day.  
                                         — Juan Felipe Herrera

If it wasn’t for libraries, I would not have had a place to dream as a young teen, or place to listen to music or to explore volumes of art from the Renaissance to the Surrealists,

or walk across the aisles and read titles of poetry books sideways,

or simply sit on a beautiful wooden desk and stack books and write or draw or sit back and be part of the world of literature, knowledge and a community of friends

and librarians that gave me advice and somehow allowed me to check out incredible mountains of book and barely carry them to my parent’s apartment a few blocks away.

Libraries were always a place of solace and buzzing creativity and curiosity for me. To this day. 

                                         — Juan Felipe Herrera

(Source: californiastatelibrary, via washingtonpost)