The Elliston Project

April 24, 2014 at 6:33 pm | Posted in Poetry | Leave a comment
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The Elliston Project is a digital resource created by the University of Cincinnati, which houses poetry readings and lectures for free. This is a great resource if you want to listen to poetry or deepen your understanding of it. You can check it out here.

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Featured Poem – The Look

April 22, 2014 at 6:30 pm | Posted in Poetry | Leave a comment
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Librarian Veronica selected today’s poem. Find out more about the poet Christina Rossetti at the Poetry Foundation.

 

The Look

by Sara Teasdale

Strephon kissed me in the spring,

Robin in the fall,

But Colin only looked at me

And never kissed at all.

Strephon’s kiss was lost in jest,

Robin’s lost in play,

But the kiss in Colin’s eyes

Haunts me night and day.

 

Featured Poem – A Birthday

April 16, 2014 at 4:51 pm | Posted in Poetry | Leave a comment
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Librarian Veronica selected today’s poem. Find out more about the poet Christina Rossetti at the Poetry Foundation.

 

A Birthday

by Christina Rossetti

My heart is like a singing bird

Whose nest is in a water’d shoot;

My heart is like an apple-tree

Whose boughs are bent with thick-set fruit;

My heart is like a rainbow shell

That paddles in a halcyon sea;

My heart is gladder than all these,

Because my love is come to me.

Raise me a daïs of silk and down;

Hang it with yair and purple dyes;

Carve it in doves and pomegranates,

And peacocks with a hundred eyes;

Work it in gold and silver grapes,

In leaves and silver fleurs-de-lys;

Because the birthday of my life

Is come, my love is come to me.

Poetry Contest! Deadline extended to 4-25

April 15, 2014 at 7:42 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

First prize $100, Second prize $50 #NationalPoetryMonth Send your poems to reference@morton.edu

Featured Poem – Sonnet XVI

April 15, 2014 at 4:28 pm | Posted in Poetry, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Our next poem features William Shakespeare. You can find more information about Shakespeare at the Poetry Foundation.

 

Sonnet XVI

William Shakespeare

But wherefore do not you a mightier way

Make war upon this bloody tyrant, Time?

And fortify your self in your decay

With means more blessed than my barren rhyme?

Now stand you on the top of happy hours,

And many maiden gardens, yet unset,

With virtuous wish would bear you living flowers,

Much liker than your painted counterfeit:

So should the lines of life that life repair,

Which this, Time’s pencil, or my pupil pen,

Neither in inward worth nor outward fair,

Can make you live your self in eyes of men.

 

To give away yourself, keeps yourself still,

And you must live, drawn by your own sweet skill.

Featured poem: The Weaver Bird

April 11, 2014 at 2:03 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Our next poem features Kofi Awoonor, a Ghanaian poet who just passed away last year. He has written a number of novels, plays, political essays, literary criticisms, and poetry. Many of his works deal with political turmoils and conflicts of Ghana, and many of his poetry borrow the language and culture of the Ewe people. He died last September at the Westgate shopping mall terrorist attack in Nairobi, Kenya. You can find more information about Awoonor at the Poetry Foundation.

The weaver bird built in our house

And laid its eggs on our only tree.

We did not send it away.

We watched the building of the nest

And supervised the egg-laying.

And the weaver returned in the guise of the owner.

Preaching salvation to us that owned the house.

They say it came from the west

There the storms at sea had felled the gulls

And the fishers dried their nets by lantern light.

Its sermon is the divination of ourselves

And our new horizon limits at its nest.

But we cannot join the prayers and answers of the

communicants.

We look for new homes every day.

For new altars we strive to re-build

The old shrines defiled by the weaver’s excrement.

Featured Poem – i like your body

April 9, 2014 at 9:02 pm | Posted in Poetry | Leave a comment
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To celebrate National Poetry Month, Morton College Library is featuring poems by a variety of poets. Today’s featured poem was selected by our librarian, Karen. For more information on e.e. cummings you can check out his biography at the poetry foundation.

 

i like my body when it is with your
body. It is so quite a new thing.
Muscles better and nerves more.
i like your body. i like what it does,
i like its hows. i like to feel the spine
of your body and its bones, and the trembling
-firm-smooth ness and which I will
again and again and again
kiss, i like kissing this and that of you,
i like, slowly stroking the, shocking fuzz
of your electric fur, and what-is-it comes
over parting flesh…And eyes big love-crumbs,

and possibly i like the thrill
of under me you quite so new

Featured Poem – After Love

April 8, 2014 at 2:12 pm | Posted in Poetry | Leave a comment
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To celebrate National Poetry Month, Morton College Library is featuring poems by a variety of poets. Today’s featured poem was selected by our librarian, Veronica. For more information on Sara Teasdale you can check out her biography at the poetry foundation.

After Love

by Sara Teasdale

There is no magic any more,

 We meet as other people do,

You work no miracle for me

 Nor I for you.

You were the wind and I the sea—

 There is no splendor any more,

I have grown listless as the pool

 Beside the shore.

But though the pool is safe from storm

 And from the tide has found surcease,

It grows more bitter than the sea,

 For all its peace.

 

 

Featured Poem – An Irish Airman Foresees His Death

April 4, 2014 at 3:26 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

For National Poetry Month, our next featured poem was selected by Nick, written by William Butler Yeats. Yeats was an Irish poet working from the late 19th to early 20th centuries. His poetry reflects Irish politics and independence from England during his day. This poem reflects that. For more info on Yeats, visit Poetry.org.

An Irish Airman Foresees His Death

I know that I shall meet my fate

Somewhere among the clouds above;

Those that I fight I do not hate

Those that I guard I do not love;

My country is Kiltartan Cross,

My countrymen Kiltartan’s poor,

No likely end could bring them loss

Or leave them happier than before.

Nor law, nor duty bade me fight,

Nor public man, nor cheering crowds,

A lonely impulse of delight

Drove to this tumult in the clouds;

I balanced all, brought all to mind,

The years to come seemed waste of breath,

A waste of breath the years behind

In balance with this life, this death.

 

 

Featured Poem – Tears

April 2, 2014 at 2:15 pm | Posted in Poetry | 1 Comment
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To celebrate National Poetry Month, Morton College Library is featuring poems by a variety of poets. Today’s featured poem was selected by our librarian, Karen. For more information on Maya Aneglou you can go to Maya Aneglou’s Website or search the catalog for more poetry.

Tears

By Maya Angelou

Tears

The crystal rags

Viscous tatters

of a worn-through soul

Moans

Deep Swan song

Blue farewell

of a dying dream.

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