Untitled Poem by Raven Rix

Some say it’s a sanctuary

Some say it’s a paradise

And while this place is truly all these

It is more

It is a realm

But most of all,

It is where I go

When I am so

So

Thirsty

 

–Ravin Rix, 9th grade

Submitted by Terri Clark of the Smoky Hill Library in the Arapahoe Library District, who says: “I run a creative writing program for teens out of the Smoky Hill Library and had them use poetry in the stacks as a writing prompt.”

Books by Beverley George

Books TTJ tr Aya Yuhki (2)

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English Version:

Books

Beverley George

 

dinner sets, fine linen,

and cooking pots scatter . . .

my books

come with me everywhere

from home, to home, to home

 

Pooh Bear tales

loved now as in childhood —

on the flyleaf

my name in mother’s writing,

and a stamp I coloured in

 

e-books have their place

in our speeding, shrinking world

I luxuriate

in silken pages to turn

and sturdy, sewn spines

 

books arranged

by genre, country, author

are easy to find

my life as a librarian

flows into golden years

 

book jackets

gleam in lamplight

gateways

to realms of otherness,

the maze of diverse minds

© Beverley George

published bilingually The Tanka Journal [Japan] no. 43 2013  p.19

Beverley George has spent most of her working life in libraries, mostly scientific ones, but she has also enjoyed time in public libraries, including a country children’s book service. Her private copious bookshelves reflect a lifelong love of books, which are arranged systematically for easy retrieval.
She greatly enjoys the Japanese poetic genres and produces Eucalypt: a tanka journal,  in print, on Hanno silk paper.

Date-Stamp by Julie Thorndyke

DATE-STAMP

September gone
and another birthday
I pause
before turning the fourth
corner of the year

these book-lined walls
all thought, every emotion
contained
on my calendar I schedule
a day to run free

last day of term
locking the library door
on silence
I check myself out

for a long, long loan

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a TANKA SPLENDOR 2006 winner, published on

http://www.ahapoetry.com/ts2006.htm

Julie Thorndyke lives, works and writes in Sydney, Australia. Two collections of her tanka poetry, rick rack and Carving Granite, are available from Ginninderra Press. http://www.ginninderrapress.com.au/ 

Online learning By Julie Thorndyke

Online learning

 

email instructions…

a web-based learning platform—

how can he

chat up female students

in this virtual classroom?

 

no hiding

from the virtual librarian

if the overdue notices

don’t find you, she has

an avatar to hunt you down

 

pixelated…

confabulated by email

he longs

for the sound

of a human voice

 

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Julie Thorndyke lives, works and writes in Sydney, Australia. Two collections of her tanka poetry, rick rack and Carving Granite, are available from Ginninderra Press. http://www.ginninderrapress.com.au/

My Library by Varda One

 

It’s only a room with shelves and books,
but it’s far more magical than it looksIt’s a jet on which I soar
to lands that exist no more.

Or a key with which I find
answers to questions crowding my mind.

Building my habit of learning and growing,
asking and researching till I reach knowing.

Here, I’ve been a mermaid and an elf
I’ve even learned to be more myself.

I think that I shall never see
a place that’s been more useful to me.

With encouraging kind friends with wit
Who tell me to dream big and never quit.

It’s only a room with shelves and books,
but it’s far more magical than it looks.

 

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Call for submissions!

Hello library and poetry lovers!

I would love to create a community space with this blog, including pieces from other writers out there who have been inspired by some aspect of libraries and allowed that inspiration to come through in their writing.  Please let me know if you have something you’d like to post here – either by commenting, or emailing me at poetryinthestacks@gmail.com

Thank you!