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Toni Morrison was born Chloe Anthony Wofford on February 18, 1931, in Lorain, Ohio. She received a BA from Howard University in 1953 and an MA from Cornell University in 1955. She was the author of one volume of poetry, Five Poems (Rainmaker Editions, 2002), which features poems alongside illustrations by Kara Walker. She died on August 5, 2019, in the Bronx, New York.
The Nobel Prize in Literature 1993 was awarded to Toni Morrison "who in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality."
Could a Daily Poetry Podcast Save Your Mental Health?
Read about "The Slowdown", from former U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, the Poetry Foundation, and American Public Media. For five minutes every weekday, Smith introduces a new poem, explains why she selected that poem, and reads it. That’s the whole podcast.
Poets & Writers
Did you know the library subscribes to Poets and Writers magazine? Find copies on the second floor, and check out an issue for a week.
Read poems. Read articles about poets. Read Poetry reviews. Listen to podcasts. Read the current and past issues of Poetry Magazine. Learn about all things poetry!
Exploring Latino/a American poetry and culture, this website includes a robust list of Latinx poets, articles, audio/video--excellent resource!
Illustration by CHema Skandal
Learning to See Poetry Workshop Series @GPL
The Brenda Connor-Bey Learning to See™ Legacy Workshop Series focuses on on writing poems about art, and exploring all creative writing, as well as other ways to "see" poetry through the "ekphrastic" style.
(Ekphrasis = “Description” in Greek. An ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art.)
Partially funded by The Friends of Greenburgh Library and Greenburgh Arts & Culture, workshops are free and open to the public. Beginners as well as established poets are welcomed, and a September class in particular focuses on new poets and those new to poetry. Students register online for three-session workshops of two hours each, and participants are strongly encouraged to attend all three sessions.
Please inquire with Library staff at 914-721-8216 regarding program status in the Fall of 2020.
The GPL Poetry Collection
Here is just a sample of some of the poetry books in the GPL collection.
Poetry titles begin in the 811 area of non-fiction. Enjoy!
The diverse poems in this collection form a mosaic of seemingly varied topics- the Pulse Nightclub massacre; an unexpected encounter on a visit to Cuba; the forced exile of 8,500 Navajos in 1868; the arrival of a young Chinese woman at Angel Island in 1938; the incarceration of a gifted writer; and the poet's abiding love for his partner, who he is finally allowed to wed. But despite each poem's unique subject matter or occasion, all are fundamentally asking one overwhelming question- how to love this country?
A new volume of poetry from the New York Times bestselling and esteemed author of The Liar's Club and Lit. Long before she earned accolades for her genre-defining memoirs, Mary Karr was winning poetry prizes. Now the beloved author returns with a collection of bracing poems as visceral and deeply felt and hilarious as her memoirs.
In Wade in the Water, Tracy K. Smith boldly ties America's contemporary moment both to our nation's fraught founding history and to a sense of the spirit, the everlasting. These are poems of sliding scale: some capture a flicker of song or memory; some collage an array of documents and voices; and some push past the known world into the haunted, the holy. Smith's signature voice--inquisitive, lyrical, and wry--turns over what it means to be a citizen, a mother, and an artist in a culture arbitrated by wealth, men, and violence. Wade in the Water is a potent and luminous book by one of America's essential poets.
From the two-term Poet Laureate of the United States Billy Collins comes his first compilation of new and selected poems in twelve years. Aimless Love combines new poems with selections from four previous books--Nine Horses, The Trouble with Poetry, Ballistics, and Horoscopes for the Dead.
In modern-day Persia, the 14th-century poet Hafiz remains the most treasured voice of his homeland--a place where his work outsells Rumi, and even the Koran. Yet only recently have Westerners come to know this wild Sufi mystic's astonishing verses on love and spiritual longing. Now, with Hafiz: The Scent of Light, you will join Daniel Ladinsky--the acclaimed translator of The Gift--to revel in more than 30 of Hafiz' most stirring works.
Striking imagery and sharp, distinctive language shimmer in Liza Wieland’s haunting novel Paris, 7 A.M., which imagines American poet Elizabeth Bishop as a young woman. It opens in 1930 as the Vassar student struggles with her attraction to women, alcohol’s seductive comfort, and her literary gifts, but the narrative centers on Bishop’s stay in Paris in 1937, when the poet’s journals abruptly break off. Wieland picks 10 of her favorite Bishop poems.