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Archive: March 2018 (6 Posts)

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Write Poetry to Encourage Reflection in a Hectic World

Posted by: Peter Armenti

The following guest post, part of our “Teacher’s Corner” series, is by Rebecca Newland, a Fairfax County Public Schools Librarian and former Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress. Today’s post is a companion to last month’s “Read Poetry to Gain Quiet and Reflection in a Hectic World,” in which I proposed that our …

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Endings and New Beginnings with Tracy K. Smith

Posted by: Anne Holmes

Last Thursday, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced the appointment of Tracy K. Smith to a second term as the 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. Next month, on April 19, the Laureate will return to the Library for “Staying Human: Poetry in the Age of Technology,” a celebration concluding her first term. Smith will …

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Stories from a Fallen World: A Tribute to Denis Johnson

Posted by: Anne Holmes

The following is a guest post by Marie Arana, literary advisor to the Library of Congress; coordinator of the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction; and the literary director of the National Book Festival. Next Wednesday, March 28, she will moderate “Stories from a Fallen World: A Tribute to Denis Johnson,” featuring Jonathan Franzen, …

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“The Poet Diaries”: The Marker of March

Posted by: Anne Holmes

The following is a guest post by the inaugural National Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman. This is the sixth in a series of monthly blog posts that Amanda will be writing during her laureateship this year.  Join Amanda tonight at the Library of Congress for a National Youth Poet Laureate Celebration. Amanda Gorman and the 2018 National Youth Poet …

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Who wrote the poem at the end of “The Shape of Water”?

Posted by: Peter Armenti

The Library of Congress receives hundreds of questions each year from people seeking help identifying the full text and authors of poems they read years—if not decades—ago. Most people are able to recall little more than a phrase or line from the sought poem and the general period of their life when they read it …