The Poetry Circle Celebrates at Reisterstown Road Branch

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By Becky Hass

There are so many ways to celebrate poetry! That was our goal for the April meeting of the Poetry Circle at the Reisterstown Road Library.

What is the earliest poem you remember hearing? Who shared it with you? For Marcia, one of the Poetry Circle members, it was the poem "The Land of the Counterpane" by Robert Louis Stevenson. She reflected, "I remember my father reading it to me in bed, and I used to picture it. I used to see the things upon the bed, and I could picture it! It was my earliest memory." Marcia read us the poem from a copy of A Child's Garden of Verses, which the library is fortunate to have a number of different editions with various illustrations, which you can see in this video:

Poem in Your PocketAnother way we celebrated National Poetry Month was preparing poems for Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 18, 2013. The idea is simple: you select a poem you love during National Poetry Month then carry it with you to share with co-workers, family, and friends. You can also share your poem selection on Twitter by using the hashtag #pocketpoem. The Poetry Circle members selected some of their favorite poems and wrote them out to put into a basket at the library.

Learn about more ways to celebrate poetry on National Poetry Month's official website.

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