Poetry on the Pillars

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.

Comments

Atrox said:

Please give us the eight themes in advance, so we can start working on our poetry. What might they be? Sam Bass? Water towers? Dominoes? Baseball? Personal computers? Donuts? Chicken-flying contests? Or something else?

# March 23, 2011 6:48 PM

David Sharp said:

The Themes will be released in sets of two beginning on Friday, April 1.  Subsequent themes will be released on subsequent Fridays.  Themes will be fairly general to allow for a great deal of creativity.  

# March 26, 2011 4:33 PM
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