National Poetry Month

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April is National Poetry Month.  Introduced in 1996 and organized by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month is a celebration of poetry as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. The Academy of American Poets’ website Poets.org serves as a hub for information about local poetry events during the month. The organization also provides free educational resources for teachers in classroom celebrations and activities, and also commissions an annual festival poster.  The Fountaindale Public Library is proud to present this month’s lobby tree display in celebration of National Poetry Month with a plethora of books to choose from as well as a smattering of DVDs and CDs that take a look at all aspects of this unique and wonderful art form.

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Here is a sampling of some of the titles that await you:

  1. The American Night by Jim Morrison
  2. Complete Poems 1904-1962 by e. e. cummings
  3. Ghost Tantras by Michael McClure
  4. The Roominghouse Madrigals by Charles Bukowski
  5. The Scripture of the Golden Eternity by Jack Kerouac

 

…And, it’s all conveniently located for you on the 1st Floor, right when you first walk in!

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So, come on in and celebrate the art as well as the poets who have contributed immensely to the creative foundation of Poetry.

-Brian

 

Photography

Dia de los Muertos just passed. I have admired this tradition for quite some time. I think it’s a beautiful way to respect and honor your passed loved ones. Someone I knew went to Mexico specifically for this experience. I would like to do the same one day. A while back, I found the most beautiful photos inspired by Dia de los Muertos by John Rees.  Check out more from this collection here.

from Dia de los Muertos by John Rees

Another collection of photography I was fortunate to discover this week is the Ballerina Project.

“The Ballerina Project grew from the idea of New York City as a magnet for creativity; each photograph is a collaborative work of dance, fashion design and photography played out against the city’s landscape.”

Violeta - Westside Highway

You can see more photos on their facebook page.

Brittany - 14th street

Ballerina Project

Beautiful, graceful, interesting.

-Sabrina S.

Ode to Tim Burton

I love Tim Burton.  I’ve been a fan since I can remember. His magical, darkly whimsical movies are beautiful and heartfelt. I can remember watching Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, and Edward Scissorhands as a kid. While I enjoyed The Corpse Bride, The Nightmare Before Christmas has been an instant and timeless classic for me. (I even had a watch from Burger King back in the early 90s.)

Danny Elfman does a beautiful job on the original movie soundtrack. There are also cover albums including Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas (2006) and Nightmare Revisited (2008). Nightmare Revisited is amazing and highly recommended.  Amy Lee’s cover of  Sally’s Song is heartbreaking while The Polyphonic Spree give a sinister-yet- fun version of Town Meeting Song.  I will have this album on repeat until Christmas. Which reminds me, What do I want for Christmas? Oh, just this Deluxe Edtion of The Art of Tim Burton, however the standard edition would be acceptable. For an enjoyable experience, take a look at his website. You move his character,  Stain Boy, through the Public or Private Gallery.  Since I missed his exhibit at the MoMA in New York, this is as close as I’ll get for now.

Enjoy his short film from 1982, Vincent.

-Sabrina S.