speaking of poetry libraries

December 17, 2018

The Poetry Foundation Library in Chicago is the Midwest’s only library dedicated to poetry. Visitors to the library may browse a collection of 30,000 volumes, experience audio and video recordings in private listening booths, and view exhibits of poetry-related materials. The library is open weekdays 11:00am–4:00pm (check website for holiday closures).

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take five

October 5, 2018

Got five minutes? Poet laureate Tracy K. Smith will fill your ears with poetry for five minutes, five days a week, starting in November when “The Slowdown” goes live.

The free podcast, produced by American Public Media in partnership with the Library of Congress and the Poetry Foundation, will present Smith reading works by a wide array of poets from around the world.

Read more about the program, listen to a preview, or sign up now.

Currently on view at the Poetry Foundation, in Chicago, is a free interactive poem and poetry exhibit: “On Visiting the Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens” by Khaty Xiong. In the exhibit, readers/viewers are invited to respond to Xiong’s poem with lines of their own (pictured). The installation will continue through Friday, September 14, 2018.

Listen!

April 23, 2018

The Poetry Foundation has launched a new podcast series, A Change of World, an oral history of poetry in 20th-century feminism and the second-wave women’s movement. Each of the six episodes explores the cumulative sources and voices of feminism through readings by poets, interviews with critics, and short poetry documentaries.

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thanks to Doug VanderHoof for the heads up on this series

watch this!

August 23, 2017

The Poetry Foundation has posted a lovely new series of short animated films for all ages. Motion Poems is a selection of contemporary poems retold from the filmmaker’s perspective, created in partnership with Motionpoems (previously mentioned here and here), an independent animation studio that brings poetry to life through film.

poetry to keep you company

January 27, 2017

Poetry Off the Shelf

Poetry Off the Shelf is a twice-monthly podcast series offered free by The Poetry Foundation. In each audio segment, producer Curtis Fox “explores the diverse world of contemporary American poetry with readings by poets, interviews with critics, and short poetry documentaries.” With podcasts dating back to April 2006, you will find new and favorite poets as well as conversations addressing topics timely and traditional. Have a listen.

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Thanks to Sheila Sondik for the suggestion

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