Last weekend, my in-laws visited from Iowa. Don’t worry– this isn’t a horror story. Or a rant. I actually enjoy it when they’re in town, because I get to show them around Lawrence and brag about all the great locally-owned businesses and the neat events that happen in the community. It reminds me how much I love Lawrence and how glad I am to live here. Read More..
“April is the cruelest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
Winter kept us warm, covering
Earth in forgetful snow, feeding
A little life with dried tubers.”
These are the heralded opening lines of T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Waste Land” and words I oft revisit as Mother Nature makes the shift from the dreck of Winter into Spring awakening. At the very least, Eliot is frighteningly accurate about April being the cruelest month in regard to the weather conditions in Kansas. Or, perhaps, he would have altered his word choice if he had been privy to the information that April is National Poetry Month. The world will never know. Read More..
Roses are red
Violets are blue
I like nutritious foods
And so should you.
- A poem by seventh graders Mykynzie Wright, Hailey Coon, and Rylie Stellwagon from Food Poetry by Topher Enneking & South Middle School Students
Did you know that April at LPL is both Healthy Food and Poetry month? I’m not kidding. We are lucky enough to celebrate in one month fuel for both body and soul. In fact, the poetry of food is ubiquitous, transcending time, space, culture, socio-economics, and more. Food is one of those universal connections that we have with every single living being on the planet. No wonder so many authors have chosen to write the lyrical praises of that which nourishes us all. Read More..
There has been a lot going in the sports-sphere around Lawrence recently, with each team telling its own kind of story. We have the triumph and catharsis of the Royals taking the World Series, where they faltered just a year ago; at KU, the football season, with its faint glimmers of potential, still marches on, seemingly as an examination of struggle.
Meanwhile, at Allen Fieldhouse, the basketball squad is just beginning their year with the energy and promise we’ve come to expect every November. Read More..
Language lovers of all ages are in for a treat this Thursday night: Eric McHenry, the current Kansas Poet Laureate, will be speaking at a special free event in the library auditorium at 7:00 pm. Read More..
For movie lovers who love poetry (and poetry lovers who love movies), these three unforgettable films all have poetry and poets as central characters or themes.
From an irrepressible English teacher in a stuffy Delaware all-boy’s prep school challenging his young students to ‘suck the marrow out of life;’ to a soft-spoken coach of a rowdy, young-yet-streetwise slam-poetry team in Chicago pushing his kids to work harder and dream louder; to a communist poet exiled to a small Italian island helping an uneducated neighbor to woo the woman of his dreams, these riveting films engage, entertain, and uplift. And still they manage to explore with heart and honesty the bittersweet truths of life–love, death, friendship, identity, courage in the face of oppression–that unite the human race. These films will no doubt leave you inspired, exhilarated, and aching for your own unique and powerful voice to be heard.
“The sky is made of rivers before and after they became rivers,” Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg writes in Chasing Weather, a collaborative book featuring weather chaser/photographer Stephen Locke’s images and Kansas Poet Laureate Emeritus Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg’s poetry (Ice Cube Press). Come see a multi-media presentation that includes images and videos of wild weather matched with stirring poems. Weather subtly shapes our days, infuses our moods and interactions, and at times, completely re-orients our lives. Catching moments of stunning beauty and surprising shifts in the sky helps make the vibrant and variable world more visible to us, and shows us how to truly see where and who we are.
Wednesday November 5th at 7pm in the Auditorium.
We’ll feed you pizza and you can feed your soul at our pizza and poetry party!
Friday, April 26
Create blackout and silhouette poetry while noshing on delectable pizza for inspiration.
No writing experience necessary.
Contribute to our teen collaborative exquisite corpse poem! It’s easy to take part: stop by the Teen Zone and add an adjective, noun, or verb to the poem without seeing what others have submitted. We’ll do this all month long and post the final collective work on April 30th.