Poetry on the Pillars

March 2011 - Posts

Write an Ode

An ode is a poem, often lyrical, that conveys exuberance, usually in praise of something or somebody. Originally, odes were intended for song. In ancient Greece, odes were often commissioned to celebrate athletic victories. That practice today might sound like, "All hail the quarterback with his spiral through the air, that is why he is named Most Valuable Player."

Two primary forms of ode are the Horatian ode (named for the Roman poet Horace) that consist of regular stanzas and rhyme schemes, and the Cowleyan ode (named for Abraham Cowley) that has no regularity in rhyme scheme stanza or line length.  Some famous examples of the ode are the classics Ode to a Nightingale and Ode to a Grecian Urn by John Keats. You may remember those from English classes I'm sure you have all taken.  For a more modern take, take a look at the 20th Century Poetry Collections offered through the databases on the library's website. There you will find other gems including an Ode to Laryngitis by Andrei Codrescu that I enjoyed. (You will need a current library card to access the database, but you don't need a library card to post.) 

Write an ode to something that you love.  You may write it in either style.

(Please remember we are asking for original poetry only. By submitting work for this project you attest that you are the original creator and owner of the intellectual property. Further, by submitting entries you license the Round Rock Library to include those entries into its published compilation, sales of which will benefit the Friends of the Round Rock Public Library. We thank you for sharing your creativity.)

 

Dust off an Antique Poem

To start off national poetry month, we want your antique poetry.  This may be any poetry that you have already written and consequently stuffed into a drawer either embarrassed that somebody might ever find it, or simply uncertain what to do with it.  Those poems are a piece of Round Rock heritage, and those are the first that we would like to include in our compilation.  Antique poems do not need to be any specific style or subject, they need only be aged. 

No antique poetry left unburned?  Well fear not! Simply write one now, leave it in a desk drawer overnight and submit it the next day.  It should have a thin layer of dust by that time.  Submit your antique poems as comments to this blog or on the library's main page, or simply e-mail them  to dsharp@round-rock.tx.us

Submission: Please title your entries Antique Poem : (Title of the Poem) 

(Please remember we are asking for original poetry only. By submitting work for this project you attest that you are the original creator and owner of the intellectual property. Further, by submitting entries you license the Round Rock Library to include those entries into its published compilation, sales of which will benefit the Friends of the Round Rock Public Library. We thank you for sharing your creativity.)

The Round Rock Library Wants to Publish Your Poetry

Public libraries have long been a center of culture and history. They provide access to literature and art to their communities among other valuable services. The word 'culture' often generates a sense of loftiness to conversation. In fact if you find yourself in a conversation that could use a dose of loftiness, it is hard to go wrong with statements like, "Have you considered the cultural aspects?" Culture does not have to be lofty though. It comes from the little things. It comes from communities, and communities are composed of people.

April is National Poetry Month. We at the Round Rock Public Library want to celebrate our own local culture by collecting original poetry from our community. During the month of April, the library will use this blog space as a forum for you to submit and share original poetic works with your peers. We will post a series of eight themes to help motivate your creative juices, but we are willing to accept old antique poems or subjects outside our themes as well. At the end of April, the staff of the RRPL will select and submit the collected works to a publisher who will produce copies of the book for the library to catalogue and for anyone to purchase (all proceeds to benefit the Friends of the Round Rock Public Library).

That's it.

Submit your poetry and immortalize yourself in Round Rock heritage forever. You don't have to be a great wordsmith, you don't have to have a literature degree and you don't have to engage in conversations about existentialism to contribute to culture. There is no age limit. Though we cannot guarantee that every entry will be published, it is our hope to include most of them. Submissions will also be accepted in house or by e-mail to dsharp@round-rock.tx.us. The celebration begins April 1st. (No foolin')

Check out more about national poetry month at http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/41.