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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Poetry Friday--"Stars"

We have some older volumes of poetry on our shelves that contain poems that can still speak to a reader today. One such book is The Collected Poems of Sara Teasdale [811.54 TEA]. The collection was copyrighted in 1937 and our copy was printed in 1951. I'm going to pair a poem from that book, "Stars," with a photo from NASA that allows us to be an up-close "Witness/Of so much majesty."

Photo courtesy HubbleSite.


Alone in the night
   On a dark hill
With pines around me
   Spicy and still,

And a heaven full of stars
   Over my head,
White and topaz
   And misty red;

Myriads with beating
   Hearts of fire
That aeons
   Cannot vex or tire;

Up the dome of heaven
   Like a great hill,
I watch them marching
   Stately and still,

And I know that I
   Am honored to be
   Of so much majesty.

The Library is hosting a Skywatch on Monday December 22 (snowdate: December 29) and participants will be guided through their viewing by members of the NH Astronomical Society. Call the Library at 432-7154 to see if space is still available.

The Poetry Friday Round-Up will be held today at Buffy's Blog.

Next Friday, the Library, along with other Windham Town offices will be closed, so January 2 will be our next poetry-filled Friday at Kurious Kitty. You can have a poetry-filled day every day at the Library, just browse our 800s section! You can even check out poetry books after hours by going to our catalog, using "poetry" as your search term. After the search results come up, narrow your results by clicking "Ebook" under "Type of Material."

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