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Poetry Pairing: The Library as Home

It’s National Library Week, so what better way to celebrate libraries and National Poetry Month than with another poetry pairing? And like last week, there’s an added bonus.

The New York Public Library put together a powerful video starring a few of it’s loyal patrons answering the question: “Where Do You Call Home?”

This video made me think of Charles Simic’s poem “In the Library.” A few lines from it:
Now the sun is shining
Through the tall windows.
The library is a quiet place.
Angels and gods huddled
In dark unopened books.

And for the added bonus, you can read Simic’s moving essay for The New York Review of Books: “A Country Without Libraries.”

How do you feel about your local library?

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12 thoughts on “Poetry Pairing: The Library as Home

  1. I love the poem and video. It captures that sense of place when you've found the perfect book, a nice place to sit and time to read. I like all the 'nooks and crannies' of our library.

  2. Oh it's true. There's a familiarity to any library that gives it that same "familiar" feeling of home. I do enjoy spending time in my library, and am always drawn in and stay there longer than I thought I would.

  3. I love this. The library here is a teen hangout — it has a little deli downstairs, and every now and then it floods. But it remains my favorite spot in Poland, Ohio.

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