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  • We Want to Publish Your Poetry...Again

    Welcome to April and the plethora of celebrations it brings. April is the national month of Humor, as you might have suspected with the typical celebration of foolery taking place on the first. You may not have known, however, that April is also the month dedicated to the celebration of guitars, to lawns and gardens, and to keeping ...
    Posted to Poetry on the Pillars (Weblog) by David Sharp on 04-05-2012
  • Poetry Book is Here!

    Well, it took a little longer (months) than we had intended, but the poetry book is here! Musings: An Anthology of Poetry by the Citizens of Round Rock is a collection of poems written by and published for the citizens of our fair city. The library has, thus far, purchased a circulating copy and a copy to retain in the library (soon to hit the ...
    Posted to Poetry on the Pillars (Weblog) by David Sharp on 12-05-2011
  • Round Rock Poetry Book

      In answer to some questions I have been receiving, we are aiming to have the poetry book compiled from our community entries in the library by the end of September.  There are some wonderful entries.  When the book is ready, I will put information on this blog about how to obtain a copy for yourself if you would like one.  ...
    Posted to Poetry on the Pillars (Weblog) by David Sharp on 07-13-2011
  • Thank You for some Wonderful Submissions

    The Library's celebration of local original poetry received several wonderful entries. Some of them were very lovely, others silly (but enjoyable) still others surprisingly profound. For those of you who contributed entries to this endeavor, you have also contributed to the culture of Round Rock, and the library will preserve that culture so ...
    Posted to Poetry on the Pillars (Weblog) by David Sharp on 05-03-2011
  • Haiku

      Haiku is a form of poetry that concerns itself less with rhymes and more with syllable counts.  The haiku originates from Japan.  Classical haiku are arranged in three lines of 5 syllables, 7 syllables and 5 syllables.  Other formats do exist. They are short, but that does not mean they are easier to write.  Sometimes ...
    Posted to Poetry on the Pillars (Weblog) by David Sharp on 04-22-2011
  • Poetry you can Snap to

    Avant-garde is the word we attribute to art and literature that is experimental in nature.  It can be innovative.  It's usually kind of wierd.  New things, by the very nature of being new, are different from the things that have come before them.  Sometimes the avant-garde can start a movement.  Often it can make you ...
    Posted to Poetry on the Pillars (Weblog) by David Sharp on 04-16-2011
  • Free For All

    So far for poetry submissions, we have covered odes, antique poems, limericks and metaphorical poetry.  So what if you have a poem that is not an ode, isn't old, doesn't follow the limerick formula and has little to do with metaphor?  Well, you simply post it to this week's blog, the Free For All.  This is a place for ...
    Posted to Poetry on the Pillars (Weblog) by David Sharp on 04-16-2011
  • Metaphormosis

    Metaphor is the term we use to make creative comparisons of different objects that may have little in common, but when compared reveal a conceptual relationship that helps to identify a hidden meaning.  Directly, a metaphor is simply calling one thing something else.  Referring to a problem as a wrench in the gears is a metaphor.  ...
    Posted to Poetry on the Pillars (Weblog) by David Sharp on 04-08-2011
  • 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 ...
    Posted to Poetry on the Pillars (Weblog) by David Sharp on 03-31-2011
  • 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 ...
    Posted to Poetry on the Pillars (Weblog) by David Sharp on 03-31-2011
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