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Mountain Poems for National Poetry Month

Posted on: April 11th, 2011 by AAC Library

So, we had NaNoWriMo in November, and now it’s National Poetry Month, with lots of different ways to participate.  Mountain Poems. Climbing Poems. Odes to Fear and the joy of being up high.

I found a grand total of 47 books about poetry by searching our library catalog.  Have any of you read any of them?  Do you have a favorite and it’s not on the list and you think we should buy it?  Did you know you can log on and make purchase suggestions?

Or maybe you have a poem you want to let us read?  Feel free to post it here in the comments or on our Facebook page.  Do it!

And, now, for your reading pleasure or dismay, an excerpt from  The Owl and the Cragrat, a collection of British poems based on other, more famous poems or songs, all about climbing.  (The image is from the title page.)

It’s so difficult to choose…the one based on the Jabberwocky…”twas chossy and the slimy stones…”  Or maybe the one based on Hamlet’s soliloquy: “to smear or not to smear?” Or maybe the take on Sylvia Plath’s “Daddy” – “You do not do, you do not do, anymore, black shoe”?

I’ll just pick a little one, based on Wiliam Blake’s The Sick Rose:

The Sick Rope (by Marc Chrysanthou)

O Rope, thou art sick!

The invisible tear

From a careless knife,

In the gear hold-all,

Has found out thy core

Of perlon joy,

And this dark secret gash

Does thy life destroy.