Poet Profiles: Chris Green

May 9, 2016

What an exciting time to be a booklover in Evanston!  The 2nd Annual Evanston Literary Festival is currently in full swing, and from now until May 14th, you can celebrate Evanston’s vibrant literary community at more than 50 free events produced jointly by the Evanston Public Library, Bookends & Beginnings, Northwestern University, and the Chicago […]

On This Date: John Keats Publishes His First Poem

May 5, 2016

Another National Poetry Month might be in the books, but here at EPL we’ve got a fever, and the only prescription is more poetry!  So if you’re like us and April was merely an appetizer for your poetry hunger, you might enjoy feasting on this historic tidbit:  on May 5th exactly 200 years ago, the […]

Poet Profiles: Reginald Gibbons

April 28, 2016

Our National Poetry Month celebration has reached a fever pitch, but before we make our last call and flip on the bright lights, we want to introduce one more special guest to our poetry party.  As you well know, Evanston is home to some seriously talented poets, and it is our pleasure to highlight their […]

Poet Profiles: Rachel Jamison Webster

April 12, 2016

Our National Poetry Month celebration has been raging for nearly two weeks, and it is now time to welcome some very special guests to our poetry party.  You see, Evanston is home to some amazingly talented poets, and throughout the rest of April, it is our pleasure to highlight their work right here on Off […]

National Poetry Month: April 9th

April 9, 2016

“This living hand, now warm and capable” by John Keats This living hand, now warm and capable Of earnest grasping, would, if it were cold And in the icy silence of the tomb, So haunt thy days and chill thy dreaming nights That thou would wish thine own heart dry of blood So in my […]

National Poetry Month: April 8th

April 8, 2016

My Father’s Love Letters by Yusef Komunyakaa On Fridays he’d open a can of Jax, Close his eyes, & ask me to write The same letter to my mother Who sent postcards of desert flowers Taller than a man. He’d beg her Return & promised to never Beat her again. I was almost happy She […]

National Poetry Month: April 7th

April 7, 2016

Negative by Kevin Young Wake to find everything black what was white, all the vice versa–white maids on TV, black sitcoms that star white dwarfs cute as pearl buttons. Black Presidents, Black Houses. White horse candidates. All bleach burns clothes black. Drive roads white as you are, white songs

National Poetry Month: April 6th

April 6, 2016

Le Jardin Des Tuileries by Oscar Wilde This winter air is keen and cold, And keen and cold this winter sun, But round my chair the children run Like little things of dancing gold. Sometimes about the painted kiosk The mimic soldiers strut and stride, Sometimes the blue-eyed brigands hide In the bleak tangles of […]

National Poetry Month: April 5th

April 5, 2016

The Haunted Palace by Edgar Allan Poe In the greenest of our valleys By good angels tenanted, Once a fair and stately palace– Radiant palace–reared its head. In the monarch Thought’s dominion, It stood there! Never seraph spread a pinion Over fabric half so fair! Banners yellow, glorious, golden, On its roof did float and […]

National Poetry Month: April 4th

April 4, 2016

The Bumble Bee’s Religion by Emily Dickinson His little Hearse like Figure Unto itself a Dirge To a delusive Lilac The vanity divulge Of Industry and Morals And every righteous thing For the divine Perdition Of Idleness and Spring– This poem was selected by Nancy E. (North Branch) Poetry Copyright Notice

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