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What’s Falmouth Reading? 2009

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The What's Falmouth Reading Committee has selected An Invitation to Poetry: a new favorite Poem Project anthology, edited by Robert Pinsky and Maggie Dietz. Get ready for Robert Pinsky's visit to Falmouth by checking out his Favorite Poem Project webpage.


COMMUNITY PROGRAMS


What’s Falmouth Reading 2009?

POETRY OPEN MIC

Every Tuesday in August at the Falmouth Public Library, 300 Main Street

Bay Meeting Room, August 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th.

Sign-up is at 7:00 p.m., end at 8:15 p.m.

One Poem Each, Time Limit is 3 Minutes.

Original Works Only, Please

All ages and all styles welcome!


HOW TO READ A POEM
Local poet Alice Kociemba will lead a book discussion featuring How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry, by Edward Hirsch.
This program will run 3 consecutive Fridays from 1:00-2:00 pm.
DATES: January 30: Chapters 1-4; February 6: Chapters 4-8; February 13: Ch.9-12. Books are available in advance at the Reference Desk. Location: Trustees Room This "What's Falmouth Reading" program is offered to the community free of charge, but PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED . Enrollment is limited to 12.
Contact: Reference Department, 508-457-2555, ext.6 Email:

FAVORITE POEMS of Falmouth
DATE: Tuesday February 10, 2009
Sponsored by the What's Falmouth Reading? Committee. The 2009 theme is Poetry based on An Invitation to Poetry, edited by Robert Pinsky & Maggie Dietz. The program will include excerpts from the DVD illustrating the diversity of poetry lovers.
Everyone is invited to read a favorite poem for the enjoyment of all, with a brief account of what made it memorable.
Program facilitator is poet Alice Kociemba, director of the Calliope Poetry Project.
This program is free of charge and open to the public. Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Bay Meeting Room. Contact: Falmouth Reference Dept 508-457-2555, x-6 Email:

Poetry on THE POINT (WCAI 90.1 FM)
DATE: Monday February 9, 2009 Time: 9:30 - 11:00 AM.
Jill Erickson, Head of the Falmouth Reference Department, and Cape Cod Times Columnist Melanie Lauwers will join Mindy Todd, host of THE POINT on Cape Cod's local NPR station WCAI (90.1 FM).
She will discuss What's Falmouth Reading? This year's theme is POETRY for all readers of all ages, based on the Favorite Poem Project of former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. Jill will speak about upcoming programs and events, including the upcoming Falmouth visit by Robert Pinsky on March 3.
Contact: Reference Department 508-457-2555, ext. 6 Email:

WRITING POETRY at the Main Library
Workshop Dates: 4 Tuesdays -- February 17 & 24, March 10 & 17 Time: 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM
Location: Trustees Room
The Falmouth Public Library will host a 4-week Tuesday workshop for new writers to try creating poems, and for experienced writers to expand their skills. Each session will include various writing exercises to jump-start new poems, with a goal of writing a poem each week.
The workshop leader is Jarita Davis, PhD, a Falmouth resident, an experienced instructor, and published poet. Her most recent work is a poem cycle: There Should Be More Water, focusing on Cape Verdean Heritage
. This What’s Falmouth Reading? program is offered to the public FREE of charge, but PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
Contact: Reference Department 508-457-2555, ext. 6 Email:

WRITING POETRY at Woods Hole Library
Workshop Dates: 4 Wednesdays -- February 18 & 25, March 4 & 11 Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
The Woods Hole Library will host a 4-week Wednesday workshop for new writers to try creating poems, and for experienced writers to expand their skills. Each session will include various writing exercises to jump-start new poems, with a goal of writing a poem each week.
The workshop leader is Jarita Davis, PhD, who is a Falmouth resident, experienced instructor, and published poet. Her most recent work is a poem cycle: There Should Be More Water focusing on Cape Verdean Heritage.
NOTE: Program location is the Woods Hole Library.
This What’s Falmouth Reading? program is offered to the public FREE of charge, but PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
Contact: Woods Hole Library 508-548-8961 Email:

FAVORITE POEMS of Falmouth
DATE: Sunday March 1, 2009 Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Everyone is invited to read a favorite poem for the enjoyment of all, with a brief account of what made it memorable.
Program facilitator is Prosser Gifford, who worked at the Library of Congress for many years, and assisted Robert Pinsky in developing the Favorite Poem Project.
This program is being presented as a tribute to poet Robert Pinsky who served as American Poet Laureate from 1997-2000.
Sponsored by the What's Falmouth Reading? Committee. The 2009 theme is Poetry, based on An Invitation to Poetry, edited by Robert Pinsky & Maggie Dietz.
NOTE : Location is Speck Auditorium in MBL’s Rowe Building (formerly Whitman).
This program is FREE of charge, and open to the public. Contact: Prosser Gifford 508-548-5727

POET ROBERT PINSKY Visits Falmouth
DATE: Tuesday March 3, 2009 Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
NOTE: Location is Falmouth High School Auditorium.
What's Falmouth Reading in 2009? It will be Poetry for all readers of all ages, based on the book AN INVITATION TO POETRY, edited by Robert Pinsky and Maggie Dietz. The keynote speaker for this year's town wide read is the poet himself, Robert Pinsky.
During his three terms as Poet Laureate of the United States he served as a public ambassador for poetry, striving to enhance the love of poetry among all Americans.
This event is FREE of charge and open to the public.
Contact: Falmouth Library Reference Dept. 508-457-2555, ext. 6 Email:

FAVORITE POEMS of Falmouth
DATE: Wednesday, March 11 Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
POETRY & TEA: sharing favorite poems at the East Falmouth Library. Program host is noted local poet Eric Edwards.
Everyone is invited to read a favorite poem for the enjoyment of all, with a brief account of what made it memorable. Refreshments served.
This What's Falmouth Reading? event is free of charge. The 2009 theme is Poetry based on An Invitation to Poetry, edited by Robert Pinsky & Maggie Dietz.
Contact: East Falmouth Library. 508-548-6340

FAVORITE POEMS of Falmouth
DATE: Sunday March 29, 2009 Time: 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Location: West Falmouth Library Everyone is invited to read a favorite poem for the enjoyment of all, with a brief account of what made it memorable. Sponsored by the What's Falmouth Reading? Committee. The 2009 theme is Poetry, based on An Invitation to Poetry, edited by Robert Pinsky & Maggie Dietz.
This program will include excerpts from the book's companion DVD highlighting the diversity of poetry lovers.
Program facilitator is poet Alice Kociemba, director of the Calliope Poetry Project at the West Falmouth Library.
This event is free of charge, and open to the public. Contact: West Falmouth Library 508-548-4709

POETRY POWER: Developing Love of Reading & Wordplay
DATE: Wednesday, April 1. Poet and educator Mary Cronin will show parents and teachers how to weave poetry into the lives of children. She will demonstrate how the use of poetry fosters language development, and promotes social and emotional growth. The workshop will include ways to include poetry to celebrate important moments and as a springboard for art projects.
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 pm Location: Main Library – Hermann Meeting Room
Seating is limited. Pre-registration requested. Call 508-457-2555, ext. 5

Reading the Poems of KATHARINE LEE BATES
DATE: Wednesday, April 15. Time: 7:00 pm
Sponsored by the Falmouth Historical Society. Members of the Historical Society and the community will share favorite poems in celebration of the sesquicentennial of the birth of Falmouth’s favorite daughter.
Location: Hermann Meeting Room.

CHILDREN'S EVENTS POETRY & ART with Tobai Leighton
Date: Tuesday, February 3. Time: 1:30 – 2:30 pm
On Early Release Day, come in for a POETRY craft with local artist Tobai Leighton. Please bring a copy of your favorite poem (or sue one of ours) to make a poetry decoupage. Watercolor wash with ripped paper and decoupaged flower petals. The final piece is a beautiful matte-finish, ready-to-frame poem.
This What’s Falmouth Reading program is free of charge.
Recommended for ages 6 and up. Registration not required. Location: Children’s Program Room. Contact: 508-457-2555, ext. 5

PLAYING WITH POETRY: An Event for Parents & Children
Date: Saturday, April 4. Time: 10:30 am -12 noon
In this playful event, Parents and their Preschoolers will experience poems in a whimsical way. Parents and their children will follow a self-guided tour of “poetry stations” to read and enjoy brief poems together while playing with or experiencing elements mentioned. Participants will enjoy shared playtime and the idea that poetry can be fun.
Location: Falmouth Public Library -- Children’s Program Room.
This What’s Falmouth Reading event is FREE of charge, but space is limited. Pre-registration requested.
Contact: Falmouth Children’s Room, 508-457-2555, ext. 5

TEEN EVENT

TEEN POETRY READING & OPEN MIKE
Date: Tuesday, March 10. Time: 12:30 – 4:30 pm Early Release Day.
Share a poem for the enjoyment of all. Read your own poem! Sing your own song!
Not a poet? Read your favorite poem written by someone else.
Refreshments served. This What’s Falmouth Reading event is free of charge and open to all teens.
Location: Hermann Meeting Room Contact: 508-457-2555, ext.6 Email:

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SOME POETRY SUGGESTIONS from the What's Falmouth Reading Committee

(Books in the Falmouth Public Library Collection are given with their Call Number)

100 Essential Modern Poems. Ed. by Joseph Parisi. 2005. 821.9108 ONE Includes biographical information on the poets, and background to aid in interpretation.
. . . . from Marsha Zafiriou


101 Great American Poems. Ed. by American Poetry & Literacy Project. Dover Press, Thrift Edition. A great “foundation” book for people who claim not to be interested in poetry . . . . from Judy Fenwick


Good Poems. Ed. by Garrison Keillor. 2002. 811.008 GOO
  A solid collection of poetry through the ages, and across many topics. Heavy on the great classics.
Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry.. Ed. by Billy Collins. 2003. 811.608 POE
   Contemporary and diverse. Great choice for open-minded readers.
Battle-Pieces: poems. Herman Melville. 811.3 Melville
   This cycle of Civil War poems reveals how people lived through the war. Often overlooked and underrated.
. . . . from Jayne Iafrate

Silver Seeds: a book of nature poems. Paul Paolilli.
Illustrated poems done in a creative format showing the world of nature in a different light.
Love that Dog. Sharon Creech. J FICTION Creech
A boy thinks he is not able write poetry, but discovers that he can. Inspires children to write. . . . . from Donna Mattison Earls


Vintage Book of African-American Poetry. Ed. by M. Harper & A. Walton. 2000. 811.008 VIN
   Spans over 200 years, including works by 50 poets. Vast narrative of love, race, struggle and redemption. A vision    of black identity and a distinctly American voice.
American Negro Poetry: an Anthology. Ed. by Arna Bontemps. 1974.  811.08 AME
.    Fundamental collection of African-American verse with nearly seventy poets represented.
Complete Collected Poems. Maya Angelou. 1994. 811.5 Angelou (E. Fal)
   Contains all of Maya Angelou’s poems written between 1971 and 1993.
A Fraction of Me (vol. 1). Vasco Pires (Falmouth author).
   Local artist, teacher and poet. Works reflect Cape Verdean heritage and humanitarian concerns.
. . . . from Charlotte McCane


My Dog May Be a Genius.Jack Prelutsky. J 811 PRE Prelutsky is the first ever Children’s Poet Laureate. I recommend any of his works. . . . . from Karen Arnold


Opal Sunset: poems 1958-2008. Clive James. 821.91 James Contemporary Australian poet combining erudition with pop culture. A poet for those who think they hate poetry. . . . . from Pat Cowan

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What Do We Know: Poems and Prose Poems. Mary Oliver. 2002. 811.5 Oliver Noted modern Cape Cod poet. Varied collection of traditional poems and prose poems. . . . from Judy Stetson


A Coney Island of the Mind. Lawrence Ferlinghetti. 1958. 811.5 Ferlinghetti
Helped initiate the Beat Movement in American poetry in the 1950's. A verbal collage of memories, impressions, chants, lists, and lyric fragments. . . . from Krista Hennessey


A Poetry Handbook. Mary Oliver. 1994. 808.1 OLI
This slim paperback by the noted Cape Cod poet is a nuts & bolts guide for the “poetry-impaired.” She describes both the “how” and the “why” of writing poetry.
. . . from Adrienne Latimer


Against Forgetting: Twentieth Century Poetry of Witness. Ed. by Carolyn Forche. 1993. 808.81 AGA
   Riveting poetry of particular interest to social justice advocates.
A Book of Luminous Things. Czeslaw Milosz. 1998. 808.81 BOO
 International anthology organized by theme. Each poem prefaced by background on the work itself and the poet.
How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry. Edward Hirsch. 1999. 808.1 HIR
   Explores what makes a poem memorable, important or “great.” Highly readable.
Poem a Day.   Vol. 1.  K. McCosker, ed.  808.81 POE
Poem a Day.  Vol. 2.   Laurie Sheck ed. 2003.  808.81 POE
Poem a Day.  vol. 3.   R. Brown, ed. 2004.  808.1 POE
   365 poems, each with a brief note about the poem or the poet.
Poemcrazy: freeing your life with words. Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge. 1996.   808.1 WOO
 Emphasizes the writing of poetry as a spiritual experience; more about creativity than craft.
The Poetry Home Repair Manual: Practical Advice for Beginning Poets. Ted Kooser (former Poet Laureate). 2005. 808.1 KOO
   Essays on craft and precision in writing poetry. No writing exercises. Most helpful for experienced writers.
Poetry 180. 2 vols. Ed. by Billy Collins. 2003, 2005. 811.608 POE
   Intended as reading for high school classes.
Poet’s Choice. Ed. by Edward Hirsch. 2006. 808.81 HIR
   Appealing writing style. Includes background on each poet, critique or context of each poem.
The Poet’s Companion: a Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry. Kim Addonizio & Dorianne Laux. 1997. 808.1 ADD
   Brief essays on elements of poetry, technique, suggested subjects and writing exercises.
The Practice of Poetry: Writing Exercises for Poets Who Teach. Ed. by Robin Behn & Chase Twichell. 1992. 808.1 PRA
   Rich and varied writing “prompts” and essays, with noteworthy poems as examples.
Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times. Ed. by Neil Astley. 2002. 821.008 AST
   Collection of 500 contemporary poems organized by theme.
Writing Poetry: from the Inside Out.Sandford Lyne. 2007.
   Based on 20 years of teaching. Sources of inspiration, exercises to develop technique, finding a poetic “voice.”
. . . . from Alice Kociemba



2008 What's Falmouth Reading Book: This I Believe edited Jay Allison and Dan Gediman.
2007 What's Falmouth Reading Book: The Curious incident of the dog in the night-time, by Mark Haddon.
2006 What's Falmouth Reading Book: Mountains beyond mountains, by Tracy Kidder.
2005 What's Falmouth Reading Book: The Color of water, by James McBride.
2004 What's Falmouth Reading Book: 1984, by George Orwell.
2003 What's Falmouth Reading Book: To kill a mockingbird, by Harper Lee.