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.


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.

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 – 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 – 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.


By Maya Angelou


The crystal rags

Viscous tatters

of a worn-through soul


Deep Swan song

Blue farewell

of a dying dream.

Now Accepting Submissions!

June 17, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Posted in Morton Literary Journal, Poetry, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Now accepting admissions for the next edition of the Morton Literary Journal.

The deadline for submission is  August 1, 2013

Please email all submissions to  Please write “Morton Literary Journal Submission” in the subject line of your email.  For futher rules and suggestions, see below:

Deadline for current issue is midnight on August 1, 2013.
The Journal will be published once a year, in fall, and will be available on campus and online free of cost.
Submissions are welcome from all current Morton Students. Work may be submitted by students who have attended Morton in the previous semester or who are registered for the upcoming semester. All instructors and staff are encouraged to submit work as well.
Submissions must be emailed to before the posted deadline for each issue. Written works may be emailed as an attachment or in the body of the email. If you want your work to be printed in a specific font or with stylized punctuation or styling, please submit your work as an attachment file. All photographs and images of artwork must be sent as a JPG or PDF. Works might be modified according space or size constraints. The Editors will not modify content.
Regarding photo and art submissions, please keep in mind that the journal will be printed in black and white on 8.5” by 5.5” pages. Please consider the size of the page when selecting the resolution and scale of your piece.
For print submissions, please do not exceed 1500 words.
All works submitted before the deadline will be considered by the Journal’s Editorial Board for inclusion in the magazine. The Library retains the right to publish all submitted work both in print and online.
All works must be original. We welcome all poems, essays, short stories, photographs, drawings, and comic strips.

If you have any questions, email the Reference Desk at

Poetry Contest Winners!

April 23, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Posted in Events, Poetry | Leave a comment
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The winners for the Third Annual Morton Library Poetry Contest were announced Friday at the open reading.

The winners are as follows:

1st Place:  Kristiana Sanchez-Jorge



Disposition of  delicate Words

float soundless

in the air

Immersing with eloquent


Unspoken by the raw flesh

of language

It is a beauty only found

behind the lips of

Unwritten memoirs

from  voices

of the quiet

A  poets last


Is a paramount of wondrous


and the breaths of life

that are silent in the loudest


2nd Place: Jodian Rivera

 The Birds and Humans

The birds…The human’s

A bird will fly not ever thinking twice,

Living its life in peril and in fun.

It will commit to its own jocund life,

Nourishing the strong blessed wings of freedom.

A human will love forgetting one’s mind,

Living their life in pain and in ennui;

Committing to their partners, seeking signs

Of youth’s promised world that they hope to see.

A bird will compose beautiful music

That will leave many struck in profound awe.

A human will cry till their heart is sick,

Leaving their heart sick till this time next fall.

The bird will always continue to fly;

Much like the human’s continuous cries.

3rd Place:  Kora Macias


As closed lips whisper and winter snows fall

God chose me, oh to soon, to beckon my call

For in the morning you awake

And all the nights darkness the sun does take

You’ll think of me and eyes will fill with tears

Of all the burden and sorrow over the years

But my loves I ask of you not to cry as you did today

Or think of all the things we never got to say

For all you have to do is close your eyes each time you think of me

And I’ll hear all your whispers, and you’ll know, safe in God’s arms I’ll be

If I could have lived just one more day, even just awhile

I’d embrace you and say I loved you, maybe see you smile

But I know this could never be

And emptiness and memories will take the place of me

I tried not to think of the things we both would miss tomorrow

But when I did my heart had filled with sorrow

For on that fateful day, an Angel came to me and said

That my place was ready, they had laid my bed

I walked through heaven’s gate; God told me I had been faithful and true

Even though I did things I knew I shouldn’t do

He told me I was forgiven, he held my hand and asked me

To join in his life of peace, joy, and eternity

So when you wake tomorrow, and we feel so far apart

Don’t be saddened, but think of me, and know I’m in your heart


Thank you to everyone who participated!

And remember- continue to submit your poems to the Morton Literary Journal by emailing them to

The deadline for submission is August 31.

The next edition will be available in the fall semester.

Poem in Your Pocket Day

April 17, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Posted in Events, Poetry, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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pocket_logoThursday, April 18 is National Poem in Your Pocket Day!

Poetry fans all over the country celebrate National Poetry Month on this day by carrying around their favorite poem in their pocket to share with others.

Don’t have a poem in your pocket?

The Morton Library is handing out free pocket poems all day.

                                         Stop by the library poetry display or look around campus to find one!

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