Flower Child

>One of my fondest memories of childhood was my mother reading poetry to my sister and I. I think it had to do a lot with the fact that we didn’t own a television and entertainment had to be on the cheap.

This instilled a love in me for the poetry of Kahlil Gibran, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Robert Frost. In fact my most treasured volume of poetry was The Complete Robert Frost that was given to me by my Aunt Roberta upon graduating from high school. Going on 20 years ago, and she still asks me if I am enjoying it. (The answer is still and will always be ‘yes’.)

Going into college I was turned onto people like Charles Bukowski, Allen Ginsberg, and Jenny Holzer. Poetry rules and I hope to show my son the same love for poetry that I have.

A new DVD added to the Library collection will be a good first primer for my son. It features the poetry of Langston Hughes, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and many others.

The DVD is entitled Flower Child: Beautiful Poetry for Beautiful Children.

Enjoy. (By the way, the library has poetry from all the poets mentioned above in our collection.)

T.S. Eliot, 1888-1965

>Today marks the anniversary of the death of one of my favorite poets T.S. Eliot. Below is a one of my favorites

by: T.S. Eliot (1888-1965)

They are rattling breakfast plates in basement kitchens,
And along the trampled edges of the street
I am aware of the damp souls of housemaids
Sprouting despondently at area gates.

The brown waves of fog toss up to me
Twisted faces from the bottom of the street,
And tear from a passer-by with muddy skirts
An aimless smile that hovers in the air
And vanishes along the level of the roofs.