Poetry

Generation Dream 2014 Concert

Generation Dream 2014 Concert

The Generation Dream 2014 Concert has been a much-anticipated annual event for the last eight years in Richmond, and now CRRL is pleased to bring this concert to Fredericksburg for the first time ever! The Generation Dream concerts honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They include live performances that range from a rock band to a classical trio, rap musicians, modern dance, traditional African dance and even to spoken word artists. You can learn more by visiting them on Facebook.

The Fredericksburg concert will be held on Sunday, February 16, from 3:00-4:30 at the Headquarters Library Theater on 1201 Caroline Street. It is sponsored by the Richmond Youth Peace Project, a program of the Richmond Peace Education Center. To sign up, please call 540-372-1144. 

2012 Teen Poetry Contest Winners

2012 Teen Poetry Contest Winners

Congratulations to the 9th Annual Teen Poetry Contest Winners!

Each year we celebrate National Poetry Month in April with our Teen Poetry Contest.

Teens in grades 7-12 from Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania, and Westmoreland, are invited to submit up to three originial poems. Out-of-region library cardholders may also enter.

This year's winners were chosen (anonymously) by Allison Seay, Arrington Poet-in-Residence at University of Mary Washington.

Entries were accepted online between April 1 - 14, 2012, and winners were selected from participants in grades 7-9 and grades 10-12.

Winners are awarded prizes and invited to read work at Teen Poetry Night at Headquarters Library: Monday, April 30, 2012, 7:30-8:30.

We had nearly 200 entries this year! Here are the winners ...

1st place, Grades 10-12

A Thousand Notions

by Kaitlin
Grade 11, Chancellor High School

I have this notion that stars can be crushed,
Blown from the palm like dandelion seeds
And delivered.
A thousand times I’ve tried it,
But the glass pieces of wishes still wait, shivering,
For winter to be over.
And a thousand times I’ve tried forgiveness,
And a thousand times I’ve tried to stay.
All the words I try to speak get stuck in my throat,
Stagnant.
I give it to the stars,
Hoping that somewhere, somehow,
You’re getting the notion too.
 

Jack Prelutsky, Kids' Poet Extraordinaire

He was trouble, into everything at once, with an imagination that just wouldn't quit. Neither his teachers nor his parents knew quite what to do with him. But when he opened his mouth the most beautiful sounds came out. Young Jack Prelutsky had a glorious voice, so good they called him a prodigy, and the New York Metropolitan Opera's choirmaster gave him free lessons. But he gave up his dream of being the world's best opera singer when he heard Luciano Pavarotti perform. He knew he couldn't match that amazing voice, and he did know for certain that whatever he did in his life, he wanted to be the very best at it.

CRRL Presents: Claudia Emerson, Pulitzer Prize Winner for Poetry

Claudia Emerson

This interview airs beginning June 15.
Several books of her poetry received praise and recognition even before Claudia Emerson received a Pulitzer Prize for Late Wife. She is a former Poet Laureate of Virginia and also an inspiring teacher at the University of Mary Washington. Debby Klein visits Claudia to listen to her poems and share her experiences on CRRL Presents, a Central Rappahannock Regional Library production.

Teen Poetry Night: Tuesday, April 26, 7:30pm

Teen Poetry Night: Tuesday, April 26, 7:30pm

Celebrate National Poetry Month by attending our Teen Poetry Night at the Headquarters Library, 1201 Caroline Street, downtown Fredericksburg.

Join us for poetry readings by the winners of our Teen Poetry Contest and by our host and contest judge, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Claudia Emerson.

In addition to winning the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and being a former Poet Laureate of Virginia, Emerson was recently inducted into the prestigious Fellowship of Southern Writers and awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation fellowship.

We're very lucky she's still willing to find time in her busy schedule to spend with budding local teen poets!

For grades 7 to adult.  Call 372-1144 for more information.

2011 Teen Poetry Contest Winners

2011 Teen Poetry Contest Winners

Each year we celebrate National Poetry Month in April with our Teen Poetry Contest.

Teens in grades 7-12 from Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania, and Westmoreland, are invited to submit up to three originial poems. Out-of-region library cardholders may also enter.

The winners are chosen (anonymously) by University of Mary Washington professor and Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Claudia Emerson.

Entries were accepted online between April 1 - 12, 2011.
Winners are selected from participants in grades 7-9 and grades 10-12.

Winners are awarded prizes and invited to read work at Teen Poetry Night at Headquarters Library: Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 7:30-9:00

We had over 350 entries this year! Here are the winners ...

Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day: April 14, 2011

New and Selected Poems: Volume 1 by Mary Oliver

The National Academy of American Poets has a simple way for people to celebrate National Poetry month: "Select a poem, pocket it, carry it, and share it with family, friends, and coworkers throughout the day." The 4th annual "Poem in Your Pocket day," celebrated on April 14, encourages poetry lovers of all ages to read and share a poem in celebration of this fantastic art form.

American Life in Poetry: Column 274

BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE

Alicia Suskin Ostriker is one of our country’s finest poets. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey. I thought that today you might like to have us offer you a poem full of blessings.

The Blessing of the Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog

To be blessed
said the old woman
is to live and work
so hard
God’s love
washes right through you
like milk through a cow

American Life in Poetry: Column 273

BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE

Equipment. I like to paint and draw, and I own enough art supplies to start my own store. And for every hobby there are lots of supplies that seem essential. In this poem we get a whole tackle box full of equipment from Michael Sowder, who lives and fishes in Utah.

Fishing, His Birthday

American Life in Poetry: Column 272

BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE

Whether we like it or not, we live with the awareness that death is always close at hand, and in this poem by Don Thompson, a Californian, a dead blackbird can’t be pushed out of the awareness of the speaker, nor can it escape the ants, who have their own yard work to do.

Yard Work

My leaf blower lifted the blackbird—
wings still spread, weightless,
floating on the loud, electric wind
almost as if it were alive.