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Dame Judi Dench learns a poem or new word every day to keep her mind active.   Neuroscience shows that reading stimulates the brain and creates empathy in readers.  We challenge you to take what we’re calling the Judi Dench Challenge: read a new poem or book this week and give it your deep attention – it’s good for you!

We have several poetry books and collections, start around 811 in the stacks and browse.  You could also check out the Poem-A-Day website, which will deliver a poem everyday to your inbox (run by Poets.org).  In 813 there are short story collections if you’re in the mood for something short and sweet.  Or, try a novel in verse like The Marlowe Papers, Triangles,  or Only Revolutions to read something a little bit different.

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It’s the end of National Poetry Month.  What did you read?  Did you keep up with the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day website?  Or did you check out Poetry 180 run by Billy Collins while he was the Poet Laureate? Or maybe you found a new poet or read some of your favorites.  Did you try a novel in verse?

Or if you are in grades 3-12 did you share your poems with other poets at Poet-to-Poet?  You can still email your poems to poet2poet@poets.org with your name and which poem/poet inspired you  today!  Some will be posted on the website in May!

Let us know what you did!

If someone checked out the novel in verse we recommended before, try again, they’re all well worth the read!

-The Marlowe Papers by Ros Barber (secret identities, faked murder, and enough drama for at least three Shakespeare plays)

-Lies, Knives and Girls in Red Dresses by Ron Koertge (modern true stories behind fairy tales)

-Only Revolutions by Mark Z. Danielewski (a topsy-turvy modern Romeo and Juliet tale)

-After the Kiss by Terra Elan McVoy (two high school seniors getting through their last semester)

-The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus by Sonya Sones (a novel of middle age, motherhood, marriage and mayhem)

… the list goes on.  Try something new this month and tell us if you like it.

 

Find Novels in Verse and Poetry books in the Catalog.

 

Don’t forget, we have a great selection of poetry year round.  Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and our blog via WordPress.

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As you can see when you walk in and look at our latest display, April is National Poetry Month.  If a whole book seems like too much work, why not try the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day website?

Or if you are in grades 3-12 why not share your poems with other poets at Poet-to-Poet?  Watch award winning poets from the Academy of American Poets’ read their poems, which are fun and accessible, then let them inspire you to write your own! You can email the poems to poet2poet@poets.org with your name and which poem/poet inspired you by April 30.  Some will be posted on the website in May!  If you’re a teacher, the website also comes with Common Core lesson plans for the project.

If you LOVE poetry, April 24th is Poem in Your Pocket Day! Carry a poem with you in your pocket and share it throughout the day.

Don’t forget, we have a great selection of poetry year round.  Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and our blog via WordPress.