April Is Poetry Month

We confess – here at Ohrstrom, we love Poetry Month!

Started in 1996, National Poetry Month celebrates the role of poets and poetry in our culture. Here at the library, we are doing our part to share the belief that poetry matters, not just in April, but all year round. In the lobby, we have haiku dice and a Poet Tree (get it?). A few of our library proctors wowed us with their spine poetry, which is on display in the Baker Reading Room.  And if you come in at the lower level, you will find our Poetry Month display.

Check out this excellent spine poetry!


“After Sappho



She is a Haunting

Soul of the Deep”



“All My Puny Sorrows

It All Adds Up

If I Tell You the Truth

What Could Be Saved

What We Were Promised

Ask Me How I Got Here”


“The Roadmap

Every Heart A Dorrway

Even If We Break

In the Fall They Come Back

A Line Made By Walking



“A Green and Ancient Light

Crossing To Safety

Now & Then

Tides of War

Where the Light Falls”


A quote from Ram Dass on our growing Poet Tree:


Looking for more poetic inspiration?  Check out these great reads!


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