Haiku – Masquerade

A haiku is a very popular poetic form from Japan. Originally, the haiku focused on subjects in nature and promoted tranquility and wisdom. It is only 3 lines long--the first and last line each have five syllables while the second line contains 7 syllables. Here is an original haiku by staff member Rebeca Parrott.   Masquerade Origami swans float across the sea disguised as paper dragons.continue reading →

Sonnet – Meet My Nemesis

The sonnet is one of the most used forms of classical poetry. Rooted in Italian, this 14-line poetic form has a strong presence in English too. The sonnet uses iambic pentameter (a fancy way of saying 10 syllables in a structured rhythm per line) and a specific rhyme scheme. The sonnet below is an original Italian, or Petrarchan, sonnet by staff member Rebeca Parrott. The end lines follow this rhyme pattern: abba, abba, cdecde. Meet My Nemesis by Rebeca Parrott How fearful is the sonnet, wielding life and death (as metaphors) in fourteen…continue reading →

Season of Gratitude

Each November, on the fourth Thursday of the month, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving. The celebration may only be a federal holiday starting during the Civil War, but feasts of gratitude and celebration mark multiple milestones in North America's history. From European explorers to indigenous cultures, from Mexico to Canada and everywhere in between, people have stopped to give thanks, to celebrate safety, and to enjoy the bounty of harvest time. Because it often came after a period of intense danger (like for European explorers), or before the grim trials of winter (like for both…continue reading →

Frances E. W. Harper – Trailblazing Poet

October 24 marks the birth of one of America's great poets and civil rights activists, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was born in Maryland in 1825. Born into a free family, she had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and loved to read. By age 20, she had published her first book of poetry and by age 34, she became the first African-American to have a short story published. It's incredible to think that it took until 1859 for that to happen! Frances did not just write poetry and short stories. She also became a…continue reading →

Stormy Weather

The upcoming storm may give us several days of heavy rain. You have your gallons of water, your extra batteries, your loaf of bread. Do you have your hurricane reading picked out yet? Stop by the library to stock up. We never run out of books. Here are a few stormy selections: Strange Weather by Joe Hill Chester & Midlothian Popular Fiction Description from goodreads.com "A collection of four chilling novels, ingeniously wrought gems of terror from the brilliantly imaginative, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman, Joe Hill. “Snapshot” is…continue reading →