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Travelwalk by Cary Kamarat

National Poetry Month: Cary Kamarat reads 'Travelwalk'

Celebrate National Poetry Month with travel-related poems

On Saturday, April 25 at 2 p.m., the Georgetown Neighborhood Library will continue its National Poetry Month celebration with a reading from local poet and photographer Cary Kamarat. Mr. Kamarat is the author of the recent poetry anthology Travelwalk, a collection of travel-related poems and images.

"Citizen: An American Lyric" by Claudia Rankine

A Contemporary Celebration of National Poetry Month

Six books that show contemporary poetry's range

To celebrate National Poetry Month, I've compiled a brief list of six (roughly) contemporary books of poetry that help display the range of styles, content, and ambitions that poetry offers readers today. With more poets writing now than perhaps any preceding age, it's literally impossible to read and enjoy all that the last couple of years have produced, let alone the last few decades. But never fear! There are poems to satisfy just about any reading appetite, and the DC Public Library has an excellent collection to choose from. 

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Young Library Patrons Create a Poem

Read 'The Color GREEN' by Tenley Library’s kids

In March, spring came early to the Children’s Room at Tenley Library in the form of a book display about The Color Green.

Photo of American poet Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman on Abraham Lincoln and Civil War Washington

A talk by a local expert

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's assassination, Martin G. Murray, Founder, Washington Friends of Walt Whitman, will speak on the poet's reflections on the slain leader and on life in the wartime Capital, accompanied by slide illustations, on Tuesday, April 14, at 7 p.m., and in celebration of April as National Poetry Month.

Head shot of American poet Robert Frost

West End Fiction Book Club Presents . . .

A tribute to America's best-loved poet

The West End Fiction Book Club will meet Tuesday, April 21 at 12:30 p.m. to read/discuss "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," "The Road Not Taken," "Tuft of Flowers," "Birches," "Mending Wall,"  "Out, Out--," "Death of the Hired Man" and other poems by Robert Frost (1874-1963), in celebration of April as National Poetry Month. 

Head shot of recently deceased poet Claudia Emerson

'Lament for the Makers'

A tribute to recently deceased poet Claudia Emerson and others

Please join us for a reading of poems in memory of Claudia Emerson (1957-2014), winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in poetry and former Poet Laureate of Virginia, as well as anecdotes and tributes to this remarkable and beloved poet, and with apologies to Scottish poet William Dunbar (c.1460-c.1513),

Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

The 19th Century English Author's Version of A 12th Century Persian Poet's Verses

Omar Khayyam (1048-1122) was a Persian mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, and poet who wrote thousands of quatrains (known as the rubaiyat). Edward Fitzgerald, the British poet, selected and adapted Khayyam's verses into English and other languages.

Celebrate Poetry Month at Bellevue Library

Take a Minute

Hear a poem every day

William O. Lockridge Bellevue Neighborhood Library welcomes you to enjoy a poem every day during the month of April. The readings are in honor of National Poetry Month, designated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996.  Join us every day at 4 p.m. to hear a poem read over the library inter-com.  There will be readings featuring diverse poets from around the globe. Come and enjoy!

First Thursday Night Poetry Reading Series

First Thursday Evening Poetry Reading Series

Followed by open mic

The Georgetown Neighborhood Library continues its second year of First Thursday Evening Poetry Reading Series. Well-known local poets will gather at the library to read from their works every month. There will be two featured poets for each month, and the readings will be followed by an open mic. Herb Guggenheim is the series coordinator. Please join us at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, for the first event in the 2015 series.  

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Poetry Month Kids' Scavenger Hunt

Discover great literature and win a prize!

April is National Poetry Month and we are celebrating all month long in the children's room with a poetry-themed scavenger hunt! Starting April 1, participants will use their inner sleuth to search through the library to find hidden clues. Each clue will have a title of a book as well as a call number. Find each book on the shelf and match it to its description on the questionnaire to win a prize.

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