Love Poetry February 15th at 7:00pm

Come to Byrd’s Books for Read a Love Poem Night! We will gather Friday February 15th at 7:00pm to read poetry that celebrates love: love of another, love of the Earth, love of a pet…any love. Pick a poem or two by ANY poet that you would like to share and we will read them out loud. If lots of folks attend, each person reads one poem. If only a few show up, we will each read 2-3 poems. We love poetry.

Light refreshments- Literary tea (Simpson & Vail) and cookies.

Registering helps me put out enough chairs, but doesn’t commit you to reading…:-)

Spring Poetry Series at Byrd’s Books

Byrd’s Books celebrates poetry with three opportunities to hear poets read their own work. The dates are Friday March 15th at 7:00pm, Friday April 12th at 7:00pm and Sunday May 19th at 2:00pm.

Poets include: Bethel’s Poet Laureate Cortney Davis, Newtown’s Poet Laureate Lisa Schwartz, Norwalk’s Poet Laureate Laurel Peterson, poet-in-residence for the New England National Scenic Trail (NET) David K. Leff, Van Hartmann, Newbery Honor winner Gail Carson Levine, Jerry Brooker, Jen Sage-Robison, Donna Marie Merritt, Phillip Lu, Jack Powers, Jonathan Anderson and others.

Light refreshments will be served and the poet’s books will be available for sale (when available).

Poetry Writing Workshop for People Who Are Sure They Can’t Write Poetry

Would you like to write a poem but don’t know where or how to begin?  Do you feel some poetic stirrings but are afraid to put pen to paper?  Come join Cortney Davis, Bethel’s Poet Laureate, for a fun, easy, non-threatening workshop on Sunday March 31st from 3:30-5:30 during which you will discover your inner bard.  Through a series of prompts and writing exercises, you will find yourself writing poems–and hopefully go home invigorated with renewed belief in your own creativity abilities.

Bring a pad of lined paper, pen or pencil, an open mind and a sense of humor.

To register, click HERE.

($10 fee)

Byrd’s Books welcomes Bethel’s First Poet Laureate

Please join us for a celebration on Saturday November 10th at 6:30pm honoring Bethel’s first Poet Laureate, Corney Davis. We will hear from the finalists in an informal evening of poetry.
The evening is early enough to go out to dinner in Bethel, should you choose to do so.
Light refreshments will be served and Cortney’s books will be available for sale.

The Spring Poetry Series at Byrd’s Books

Byrd’s Books winds up our Spring Poetry Series on May 18th-  we found we needed the inspiration that only poetry can bring- join us and be enriched!

 

May 18th at 7:00pm:   

POETS: Amy Nawrocki, Cortney Davis, Emily Carney and  Jerry Brooker
To register for May 18th,  click here.

These events are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase.

Registers of Illuminated Villages

By Tarfia Faizullah.

“Tarfia Faizullah is a poet of brave and unflinching vision.” —Natasha Trethewey

Somebody is always singing. Songs
were not allowed. Mother said,
Dance and the bells will sing with you.
I slithered. Glass beneath my feet. I
locked the door. I did not
die. I shaved my head. Until the horns
I knew were there were visible.
Until the doorknob went silent.

—from “100 Bells”

Registers of Illuminated Villages is Tarfia Faizullah’s highly anticipated second collection, following her award-winning debut, Seam. Faizullah’s new work extends and transforms her powerful accounts of violence, war, and loss into poems of many forms and voices—elegies, outcries, self-portraits, and larger-scale confrontations with discrimination, family, and memory. One poem steps down the page like a Slinky; another poem responds to makeup homework completed in the summer of a childhood accident; other poems punctuate the collection with dark meditations on dissociation, discipline, defiance, and destiny; and the near-title poem, “Register of Eliminated Villages,” suggests illuminated texts, one a Qur’an in which the speaker’s name might be found, and the other a register of 397 villages destroyed in northern Iraq. Faizullah is an essential new poet whose work only grows more urgent, beautiful, and—even in its unsparing brutality—full of love.

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Bullets into Bells: Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence

By Brian Clements. A powerful call to end American gun violence from celebrated poets and those most impacted, including a foreword by Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly and an introduction by Colum McCann, published on the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting. Original.

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Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver

By Mary Oliver.

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An Afternoon of Poetry

In celebration of poetry and poets, please join us for a very special afternoon of poetry readings on Saturday December 9th at 4:00pm.

Some of the poets attending, so far, are: David K. Leff, Phillip Lu, Lisa Schwartz, Sydney Eddison, and more to come!

Light refreshments will be served.

To save a spot, click HERE.

 

The Sun and Her Flowers

By Rupi Kaur. From Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of milk and honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry.  A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring one’s roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself.

Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.

this is the recipe of life
said my mother
as she held me in her arms as i wept
think of those flowers you plant
in the garden each year
they will teach you
that people too
must wilt
fall
root
rise
in order to bloom

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