04 13, 2021

Discover How to Make Found Poetry

By |2021-04-13T19:00:05-04:00April 13, 2021|

It’s National Poetry Month! And Amber Weinrich, one of our adult librarians, is providing an introduction to different kinds of Found Poetry.

And what is Found Poetry? It’s when you use something else – magazines, advertisements, dog-eared pages of favorite books – to construct your own poem. Find out how you can create blackout, collage, and cento poems with Amber.

Found poems are created from another piece of writing like pages of a magazine, newspaper, or book. Examples of found poetry include:

  • Blackout poetry, where you make a poem by blacking out words on a page and what remains is your poem. Think of it as addiction by reduction!
  • Collage poetry. Just like the name suggests, you cut up words and put them together to make a collage poem.
  • Cento poetry. Cento (or patchwork) poems are when you use and combine lines from other poems to make a poem of your own. This tradition goes back to the third century when poets would remix lines from Horace and Virgil.

 

04 17, 2019

Celebrating National Poetry Month with our Wordplay Writing Club

By |2019-04-17T06:00:04-04:00April 17, 2019|

Mya and Hudson use the limited vocabulary of refrigerator magnets to create poems with our Wordplay Writing Club.

Mya and Hudson use the limited vocabulary of refrigerator magnets to create poems with our Wordplay Writing Club.

The young writers of our Wordplay Club celebrated National Poetry Month by composing poetry with some unconventional methods.

Old newspapers or damaged books are perfect source material for blackout poetry.

Old newspapers or damaged books are perfect source material for blackout poetry.

They made blackout poetry, which involves blacking out old book pages to transform them into new poems.

They also used refrigerator magnets to compose poems. You can try either or both of these projects at home with your family.

Each month, the writers in our Wordplay Club finds different ways to boost their creativity. For example, sometimes they use randomly selected words to create a story, make nature journals or scour baby books for character names.

Our club is open to all writers in third through sixth grade. It meets at 4:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at our Main Branch. The next meeting is may 8.

You can register your child for Wordplay by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 221 or by visiting our website.

By the way, if you’re an aspiring author, we have hundreds of books on the art of writing that you can borrow with a library card.

03 24, 2019

Celebrate National Poetry Month with us this April

By |2019-03-24T06:00:13-04:00March 24, 2019|

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a poem a day all April!

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a poem a day all April!

We’re celebrating National Poetry Month by giving away poems all April.

Every day in April, you can visit the reference desk at MPL’s Main Branch and get a free poem.

The poems will be on a variety of subjects, written by a different poet each day and from different eras. It’s an easy and fun way to enjoy a panoply of poetry.

Naturally, we have hundreds of poetry books and books about poetry that you can borrow. That’s free too.

By the way, if you enjoy writing, you should visit the second ever Northcoast Writers’ Showcase from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, at Lakeland Community College.

Imbolo Mbue, author of the critically acclaimed Behold the Dreamers, will give the keynote speech that caps a day in which readers and aspiring writers can interact with dozens of talented and hard-working authors, ask questions about their writing journey, and attend workshops about the craft of writing.

Participating authors include David Giffels, Mindy McGinnis, Tom Batiuk, Rachele Alpine, and dozens more. And the entire event is free! Click here for more info.

05 8, 2017

Wordplay Writing Club pens poems for National Poetry Month

By |2017-05-08T06:00:06-04:00May 8, 2017|

The young writers in our Wordplay Club celebrated National Poetry Month by penning their own poems.

Sabine composes a poem during our Wordplay Writing Club meeting.

Our Wordplay Writing Club celebrated National Poetry Month by penning their own poems.

They wrote rhymed poems, as well as:

Emma fits her concrete poem into the shape of a dog.

Emma fits her concrete poem into the shape of a dog.

Our Wordplay Creative Writing Club meets at 4:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at our Main Branch. The next meeting is May 10. It’s for kids in third through sixth grade.

You can register your child for Wordplay by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 221 or by visiting our website.

 

If your child likes to write, they'll love our Wordplay Club.

If your child likes to write, they’ll love our Wordplay Club.

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