In the Stacks: A Blog Straight from the Mind of Steve
I know, I know, it has been quite a while since my last blog dear readers. I must say, over the last couple months it has seemed like I might actually have been hit hard by the dreadful “writer’s block”. (Queue eerie, spooky music) However fate has got me smiling high today. Why you ask? Well, because it is April readers, and April is non-other than National Poetry Month. Perfect, I know! It is actually more and more exciting the more I think about it. I am SO relieved for this month because here in the Library District we get to make extra celebratory events and highlights for all the amazing people who have ever dared pick up a pen or pencil and write from their heart and soul. Or perhaps they just typed and typed away on a computer keyboard or typewriter. (For information on what a typewriter is folks, please consult your local librarian).
I’ve always kept a soft side for poetry. I have even attempted on a few occasions (when I wasn’t forced for an English assignment) to actually make up a few special ones from my heart to the woman who now owns it…. She knows who she is. And though she is a die-hard thespian by nature, I don’t think she faked her way through the smiles and tears that she showed after reading them. I don’t say that to gloat readers, honestly. I am simply explaining that with the effort and emotion behind it, poetry is a lovely form of communication and a personally viewed disclosure of life and the people, places, and things therein.
Now here at Whitney Library we are going full swing into this wonderful month by having a new local poet, Lee Mallory in our space to perform some of his most recent poems. Lee is known in the literary world as “The Love Poet”; sooth and sultry I know. Mr. Mallory will be performing in our Conference Room on the 22nd of the month, and personally, I cannot wait! It should be the perfect close to this month. Also, in our very own department, we have the amazingly talented Selina to hype up our branch’s appearance during this month to show just how much we love our fellow poets. When you’re in the Whitney Library next, you simply must check out the new display behind the Circulation Desk. (You kinda can’t miss it ;).
Now I can go on and on and ON about different poets and special quotes and passages from many a selected work to add in or reference here, but I will end with just one. Once I started thinking about this new blog and the fact it is National Poetry Month, one specific work came to mind. Over a year ago, a coworker recommended that I read this acclaimed poet named Charles Bukowski. Bukowski was straight out of the “Beat Generation,” and through his numerous writings and his personal life, he had quite possibly the main portion of controversy attached to his name. Now with Kerouac, Burroughs, and Ginsberg in the mix, that is truly saying something. Anyway, I did pick up and read through one of his more recent collections a short time after, and from the very first poem that I read, I was hooked. I’d like to finish up this blog by copying down just a small portion of that poem to add to this phenomenal theme. I hope you all have a lovely April, and great rest of the year. Until next time dear readers, stay classy… stay reading.
“If it doesn’t come bursting out of you in spite of everything, don’t do it…if you’re trying to write like somebody else, forget about it… Don’t be like so many writers, don’t be like so many thousands of people who call themselves writers, don’t be dull and boring and pretentious, don’t be consumed with self-love, the libraries of the world have yawned themselves to sleep over your kind… when it is truly time… it will do it by itself… there is no other way, and there never was.”