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African American Poetry for Children

The triumphs and tragedies of the African American experience are discussed in these illustrated poetry collections. Studies show that reading and writing poetry helps children develop vocabulary, phonetic awareness and an ability to talk constructively about their feelings. Please see the Library's Black Studies database collection to find additional information about African American history.

Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair

Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?

Forget the Hallmark Card! Send some of these sweet words to your loved one instead this Valentine’s Day.

Ah, Valentine's Day. Love it or hate it, soon every store on your block is going to be covered in a regurgitation of red hearts, lace and little cupids. But if you really want to impress your lover or your crush this Valentine's Day, memorize one of these bad boys and find a balcony somewhere. It seemed to work for these prolific love poets (some of whom had lovers on every continent). 

Mobius Strip Club of Grief

Gross Verse

The new world of 'horror' poetry

"And so being young and dipped in folly I fell in love with melancholy."  (Edgar Allan Poe)

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Poetry on the Immigrant Experience

Poetry has a way of saying things unlike any other medium. So few words and yet they strike straight to the heart. This is even more true when they address larger issues like borders, immigration and the experience of being “illegal”. Check out these poetry books for insight into the lives of immigrants.   Citizen Illegal by Jose Olivarez

The Twins' Blanket by Hyewon Yum

Twins For the Win

Children's Books About Twins

Sometimes we get promoted at work, and sometimes we get promoted in life.  For a long time, I wanted to become promoted to Auntie Liz, so you can imagine my joy when my brother and his wife told me they were expecting.  A few weeks later, the phone call came that it was twins.

When My Brother Was an Aztec by Natalie Diaz

Indigenous Voices in Verse

Contemplating the Native American experience through poetry

Nothing quite compares to the poetic rendering of the experience of indigenous people. Tribal history, spirituality, internal grappling with identity, the juxtaposition of American and Native cultures and the responsibility and anguish of survival – all of these come together gorgeously in lyric form and give a holistic yet personal picture of Native American life.  

Bastards of the Reagan Era by Reginald Dwayne Betts

Poetic Perspectives on Prison

Lives and Literature Behind Bars

The United States has the highest rate of incarceration in the world, making prison culture a topic of constant political and social relevance in our country. The subject of incarceration is also a compelling source of inspiration for many poets. The following recommended books are written by formerly incarcerated artists or writers inspired by the experience of prison.

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Congratulations to Haiku Contest Winners

Winners in child, teen and adult categories

To honor and celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May 2019, Palisades Neighborhood Library encouraged children, teens and adults to write and submit Haiku writing for contest. These are the winners and the poetry selected as best. Child Category: James Shure and Margaret Rapawy   "I hit the baseball it made everything blossom even the people" by James Shure     "Judgmental strangers Your colorful modesty My cloaked friend"

Crushing

The Human Spirit

I am drawn to people's personal stories of triumph over adversity. I think often about the imagery and symbolism of the lotus plant. The lotus shoot has to grow through the mud of swamps and other still bodies of water. The unseen shoot struggles upward towards the light and when it pierces the surface, a beautiful flower unfurls. What these stories have in common is they explore the resiliency of human peoples despite the misfortunes that can happen in any person's life.

The Collected Poems of E. Ethelbert Miller

Washington's Got Talent

Books of Poetry by Local Writers

There is no question that Washington, D.C. is a political and cultural capital. The city also happens to be a hub for the written word, being the home of many writers and literary events and festivals.   In the spirit of celebrating the literary heritage of D.C., here is a list of books of poetry available at DC Public Library written by local authors.  

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