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2021 Massachusetts Poetry Festival - Shared screen with speaker view
Volunteer Amanda Hope (she/her/hers)
47:21
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Host - Meghan (she/her)
53:30
Kerouac and I share a birthday:)
Sean Thibodeau (he/him)
57:07
The pursuit of knowledge was freedom to me, the right to declare your own curiosities and follow them through all manner of books. I was made for the library, not the classroom. The classroom was a jail of other people’s interests. The library was open, unending, free. Slowly, I was discovering myself.--T. Coates
Amy Rhilinger (she/hers)
57:36
Origami Poems Project: https://www.origamipoems.com/
Volunteer Amanda Hope (she/her/hers)
59:22
“a poet who has been re-released into the wild” I love this
Volunteer-John (he, him)
01:01:07
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Rob Casper (he/him) | Library of Congress
01:01:34
https://www.artandwriting.org/programs/national-student-poets-program/
Rob Casper (he/him) | Library of Congress
01:02:13
And: https://www.favoritepoem.org/
Rob Casper (he/him) | Library of Congress
01:02:35
One of the most successful Poet Laureate signature projects!
Sharon, MA, she/her
01:02:56
IN FAVOR OF A FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEMSometimes disturbed people go to the Public Libraryand shout their secrets into the silence. One may shout“They say I’m schizophrenic. What the hell does that mean?”Or else “My husband says I’m frigid. How do I look that up?”Then the readers look up from their reading, sanely disturbedand often some well-read person starts talking quietly with them,or else a compassionate librarian shows them the way to the catalog.Then the library returns to the silence of its function:the transmission of the words of the past in the presenceof the dust motes moving in the single sun-beamcoming down from the window to the check-out desk,
Sharon, MA, she/her
01:03:02
and if you think those dust motes are ‘dancing like stars’and are metaphors for some universal order or chaoswell, don’t panic, keep quiet, don’t start shoutingfor meaningful advice from some well-read person:ask a compassionate librarian to show you the wayto the American Poetry section where under 811 D or DUGyou’ll find in my Collected Poems the palliative answerto your stupid questions and the answer as to whythat liar Nietzche wrote “I don’t like poets: they lie.”-- Alan Dugan, Poems Seven, Mass Book Award in Poetry 2002
Sharon, MA, she/her
01:17:08
Please raise your hand to ask a question or, if you prefer, type it into chat and we'll ask for you.
Sharon, MA, she/her
01:18:25
College of the Holy Cross Campus Poetry Walk:Link to brochure and map:http://crossworks.holycross.edu/poetry2021/26Link to virtual version: http://crossworks.holycross.edu/poetry2021Article from student newspaper (captures student reactions to the poetry walk)https://hcspire.com/2021/05/07/behind-the-story-of-the-poetry-walk/(Many of the poems came from student work created during their Intro to Creative Writing: Poetry class. This class also wrote Ekphrasis reactions for the Senior Art Concentration Exhibit, and were displayed with the artwork in the Cantor Art Gallery on Campus.
Volunteer Amanda Hope (she/her/hers)
01:18:29
You can “Raise Your Hand” in zoom by clicking the “Reactions” button at the bottom of your zoom screen and choosing “Raise Hand.”
Susan Pizzolato
01:22:17
Would be great to have a state Poet Laureate!
Sharon, MA, she/her
01:22:55
Sharon Shaloo, Exec Director, MCB shaloo@massbook.org
Rob Casper (he/him) | Library of Congress
01:23:29
If you're interested: https://www.loc.gov/rr/main/poets/current.html
Rob Casper (he/him) | Library of Congress
01:24:13
No state PL in MA as well as MI, NJ, and PA
Rob Casper (he/him) | Library of Congress
01:25:30
And once-upon-a-time:
Rob Casper (he/him) | Library of Congress
01:25:31
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet-books/2014/12/a-poet-laureate-for-massachusetts-
Susan Pizzolato
01:27:05
It does feel to many people that there is a “\right answer.”
Dan Lipcan (he/him)
01:29:24
Jarita, I love the idea of the long game!
Sharon, MA, she/her
01:29:33
If you want to learn more about the Holy Cross project contact Lisa Villa directly at LVILLA@HOLYCROSS.EDU
Anita McLaughlin
01:30:11
It is a fear of not being “in the know.” Of not understanding and looking foolish
Volunteer-John (he, him)
01:30:13
poetry, in the same language, can turn around your thinking - your sense of what is possible to express in words - much like learning a foreign language
Rob Casper (he/him) | Library of Congress
01:31:02
Thanks so much!
Sharon, MA, she/her
01:31:05
Thanks to all!
Amy Rhilinger (she/hers)
01:31:07
thank you everyone!
Dan Lipcan (he/him)
01:31:08
Thank you all!
Volunteer-John (he, him)
01:31:16
thanks to a great panel. tremendous!
Sean Thibodeau (he/him)
01:31:17
Kerouac @ 100 events: https://jackkerouac.org/ Our library's website: https://lowelllibrary.org/
Sean Thibodeau (he/him)
01:31:23
Thanks everyone!!
Claire Harrison
01:31:30
I’m an high school English teacher of 33 years. It was my own English teachers who brought me to poetry. Sorry to hear the system isn’t reaching out.