Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Poetry 180

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High school students and some of their teachers celebrated National Poetry Month by sharing poems and readings in the community room of the Thomas Crane Library. A few teachers and students had their Poetry 180 books with them. Poetry 180 is an initiative from the Library of Congress to present 180 contemporary poems (one for each day of the school year) for high school students to listen to or to read every day. Why Poetry 180? Hearing a poem every day, especially well-written, contemporary poems that students do not have to analyze, might convince students that poetry can be an understandable, painless and even eye-opening part of their everyday experience. Click here for more information. The library teacher, Ms. Tierney, is totally immersed in her poem here. The world needs more poets and poetry.

3 comments:

Marie-Noyale said...

I like very much the idea.
It does not say if one can buy the book but hopefully it will be printed for other people than students.
I read enough on the computer! and enjoy poetry by turning pages ..by hand!!!

The Lone Beader said...

Cool! I love poetry, particularly haiku! :D

Beak Wilder said...

I like haiku, too.
It's the most crazy-go-nuts.
Quincy rocks ya face!