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“No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy would have supposed her born to be an heroine.”
Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey
“By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes.
-- William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act 4, Scene 1
John Ashbery, arguably the dominant voice in American poetry for the last half-century, passed away on September 3, 2017. He was 90 years old. News of his passing brought to mind these closing words from his 1977 poem “Blue Sonata”:
Repurpose one of your old t-shirts into a book bag. No sewing required. Ages 9-12. Join us at the Ranall Oaks Library, Saturday, September 2, 1-2 p.m. You may register for this program on our event page.
‘My Essential Music’ is a new feature on the FRVPLD blog, continuing our prior exploration of staff favorites, 'My Essential Books.' We'll talk up our favorite music in the hope that you may give these artists a chance, or at least appreciate our passion for the music that has made us who we are.
“String Quartet No. 3: Mishima/Closing” – Philip Glass, performed by Kronos Quartet
“This late age of the world's experience had bred in them all, all men and women, a well of tears. Tears and sorrows; courage and endurance; a perfectly upright and stoical bearing.”
– Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway
What is poetry? Is it possible to define a literary form that is so varied in its expression?
‘My Essential Books’ is a new feature on the FRVPLD blog, where we talk up our favorite books in the hope that you may give them a chance, or at least appreciate our passion for the titles that have made us who we are.
The Norton Shakespeare (2nd Ed.)