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Book Talk by the Sea

                      Sharing Books and Verse at the                        Camden Public Library

 

Journey to Eire

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Like any other holiday, March 17th can become gimmicky and commercialized, but there is a strong connection...

Poem of the Week: Blessing the Boats

There is something of a feeling of simple smallness when looking at a Lucille Clifton poem like "blessing the boats," with its lower case...

Women's History Month

This March marks forty years since the first official celebration of Women's History Week in 1981. While it is, and should be, impossible...

The Prophets

You could skip the ten-page Acknowledgements section of Robert Jones Jr.'s debut novel The Prophets if you find it daunting or mundane;...

Poem of the Week: An Old Story

Today's Poem of the Week comes from Pulitzer Prize-winning and former Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith. "An Old Story" is featured in Smith's...

Wintering

"I had no idea how much these quiet pleasures had retreated from my life while I was rushing around, and now I'm inviting them back in:...

Library Lovers' Reading List

February may be the month of a certain romantic holiday, but it's also Library Lovers' Month! It's easy to get in the spirit of the...

Poem of the Week: BLK History Month

Nikki Giovanni's work has been read, heard, and celebrated since she published Black Feeling Black Talk herself in 1968. With language...

Black History Month: A Reading List

Each February, we celebrate Black History Month to recognize historical moments and to celebrate the identities and achievements of Black...

Bonus Poem(s) of the Week: Amanda Gorman

As we delve into Black History Month, there are too many exceptional Black poets to even touch the tip of the iceberg in 28 days. Today,...

Poem of the Week: Prayer for the Dead

Perhaps you're sick of the snow poetry I've brought to Poem of the Week by now, and I promise it will abate for a bit! I can make no...

Beneficence

"Every day I choose to try to do good. Much of the garden is harvested and put away for the winter. I will not forget again that we can...

Poem of the Week: Blueberries

January 17th marked two years since Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver's death. There are days that stick with you, when a moment of...

D (A Tale of Two Worlds)

"When she got back home to Cawber—if she ever got home—she would ask Ruth if she could have a blanket like this, instead of the puffy...

The Island Child

"It was then I started sewing the patchwork with the pieces of old clothes for her. I'd seen one in a shop in town and the little woman...

Poem of the Week: While We Were Arguing

Winter and snow take on many moods both in our lives and in literary form. In this poem, Kenyon weaves the weather into a charged moment,...

The Midnight Library

Do you believe in parallel universes? In an infinite number of possibilities for the trajectory of your life? That's the question at the...

Poem of the Week: Darling Coffee

Meena Alexander was an Indian poet, raised in India and the Sudan, while later studying in England. Her books of poetry (both verse and...

 

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