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Poetry Month, Biblio File

30 Days of Poetry

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April is National Poetry Month! To celebrate here at The New York Public Library, thirty of our librarians and other staff members selected a poem. We recorded them each reading the poem and talking about the reason behind their selections.

We will release one poem per day for the entire month of April. We hope you enjoy them and that you find at least one special poem and reader that resonates with you. 

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30 days of poetry

What a brilliant idea. Wish I'd thought of it when I worked for the National Library of Wales. No.1 is a corker. Look forward to the other 29. Diolch yn fawr!

"30 Día de Poesía", una

"30 Día de Poesía", una magnífica iniciativa.

If By Rudyard Kipling

It is a pleasure to listen the voices and comments of the Library workers. "If" reminds me of everything that is a major in my life, that I want to be, do, say, embody, inspire, teach my young ones: Be in the world, don't be part of the world… or be here now, enjoy, appreciate, love and share, but don't let anything or anybody be able to hurt you too much, to reach in there, where it can really hurt. Is it really possible? To be here and not let here be in us? An everyday meditation in so many different words, shapes, places, matters that keeps on twinkling, dancing, flowing so beautiful and almost perfect but impossible to be reached, held.

The man who read “The Two” by

The man who read “The Two” by Philip Levine was adorable. He was so passionate about his choices I wanted to listen to him talk about and recommend his favorite poems all day. Thank you for sharing.

Jane Kenyon

What a wonderful choice! As a poet, I am participating in the 30/30--30 poems in 30 days in honor of National Poetry Month. Tomorrow I am going to try to write my own "Otherwise" poem. Beautiful, articulate narration.

Whoever came up with this

Whoever came up with this idea should be promoted---pronto! Was a wonderful way to start my morning, listening to poems read by people who love them, instead of watching the hate currently on tv. A suggestion: offer library patrons an opportunity to record a poem. Create guidelines, set-up recording equipment at the Research Libraries (?), and ask the patron what background music they would like to accompany their reading. Thank you again for a lovely start to a lovely day

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