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National Poetry Month April 2012

Let's celebrate National Poetry Month this April!

We have a number of free events scheduled this month, and we are partnering with City Arts and the Utah Poetry Society to bring you even more POETRY!

Carol Anshaw & Katharine Coles
Wednesday, April 4, 7 p.m.
at Salt Lake City Main Library, 4th floor
Presented with Salt Lake City Arts Council

An Evening of Poetry and Prose
Thursday, April 5, 7 p.m.

Poetry Slam with Slam poet and improviser extraordinaire, Jesse Parent
Saturday, April 7, 6 p.m.

A Night with Rumi
Wednesday, April 11, 7 p.m.

U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser
Friday, April 20, 7 p.m.
at the Airport Hilton, 5151 Wiley Post Way
Presented with The Utah State Poetry Society

And there are many MORE ways to celebrate, explore and discover poetry this month.

Celebrate national Poem In Your Pocket Day on Thursday, April 26, 2012!
The idea is simple: select a poem you love during National Poetry Month then carry it with you to share with co-workers, family, and friends. You can also share your poem selection on Twitter by using the hashtag #pocketpoem.
For more info, click HERE and find poems for your pocket HERE

And the Academy of American Poets has 30 Ways to Celebrate, including Read a book of poetry or Put poetry in an unexpected place or Attend a poetry reading.

The current Poet Laureate of Utah is Katharine Coles, so we will leave you with...




At the feeder finches scatter, then,
Inches over the house, dragging their shadows,
Two hawks sweep down into the canyon,
Falling, ignoring paralyzed rabbit and vole,
Wings pitched like sails to the wind, holding,
Down to the crux where day’s pooled heat begins
Its updraft, lifted by evening cool—

The hawks, also, lifted.  If I wait
They will spiral out of that deep cleft,
Trimming treetop and cliff face as they loop
Wider, taking what can be only pleasure,
Bodies held between their wings outstretched,
Back into open sky, where it’s only afternoon,

Night not even a thought—only sun—and all
They do to rise is to hold still.


© by Katharine Coles