U. of Texas Purchases Poet's Archive

January 21, 2014

collins_wide-b9139e7084959e549ec55be7a73baa3701a7b65d-s4-c85 Former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins sold his papers to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. The archive contains notebooks, doodles, clippings, and drafts of published and unpublished poems, as well as correspondence, recordings, and diaries. Mr. Collins decided to sell his papers after realizing how much material he had, including lines of a poem written on the backs of bank deposit slips. “I tried to look very serious as if I were making a monster deposit,” he said. You can read the rest of this NYT article here – and check the EPL catalog for works by this popular and prolific poet.


April is National Poetry Month

April 1, 2012

Chances are good it snuck up on you.  Between the madness of your NCAA brackets, the July-like March sunshine, and standing in line at The Hunger Games premiere, you very likely didn’t notice National Poetry Month peeking around the corner.  But April is here, friends, and fortunately you’ve come to THE place for your poetry celebration.  Off the Shelf has you covered.  You see, today we kick-off our 3rd annual National Poetry Month extravaganza during which we showcase one staff-picked “Poem of the Day” for the entire month of April.  For your poetry pleasure, we’ll also have plenty of poetry news, features, and much, much more.  So sit back, relax, and stay awhile.  This poetry party is just getting started.

National Poetry Month: April 5th

April 5, 2011

Happy As The Day Is Long by James Tate

I take the long walk up the staircase to my secret room.
Today’s big news: they found Amelia Earhart’s shoe, size 9.
1992: Charlie Christian is bebopping at Minton’s in 1941.
Today, the Presidential primaries have failed us once again.
We’ll look for our excitement elsewhere, in the last snow
that is falling, in tomorrow’s Gospel Concert in Springfield.
It’s a good day to be a cat and just sleep. Continue reading “National Poetry Month: April 5th”

April is National Poetry Month

April 1, 2011

Hey all you poetry lovers and likers, happy days are here again!  National Poetry Month has finally arrived, and in response to overwhelming popular demand, we’re bringing back our Poem-a-Day feature to properly mark the occasion.  That’s right, we’re having a poetry party right here on Off the Shelf where each and everyday of April you can drop by to enjoy a fresh, new poem selected by our EPL staff.  So, come join the fun, share a few of your own favorite poems, and look no further than Off the Shelf for your April poetry fix.

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