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National Poetry Month- Poems from Home

Poetry has always been considered a form of release and of creative freedom- a way in which people can express their emotions within a few lines. Right now, many of us not feeling particularly ‘free,’ as we work from home and are resigned to a slightly more restrictive way of life. Since April is National Poetry Month, the library is inviting you to set aside time this month to write a poem and reflect upon life in the time of Coronavirus. What can you see from outside your bedroom window? How do you feel when you take a walk through your neighborhood and see people wearing masks?

Are you remembering things from your childhood as you clean out the attic and tidy up the garage? There are no guidelines for this exercise in creativity- we just want you to get some thoughts onto paper and share it with the rest of our community. Please email our reference librarian, Alex Neceda, at aneceda@wlsmail.org with your submission along with your name and place of residence. We will be posting #PoemsWFH (written from home) on our Instagram account throughout the month so please follow us @larchmontpubliclibrary to read submissions. When the library reopens, these poems will be printed and archived in our local history room for people to read in the future.

And remember- Emily Dickinson wrote most of her poems from home. Also, the poet Joyce Kilmer, wrote his most famous poem, entitled Trees, from the comfort of his home office. He also lived in Larchmont for a brief period!

Here’s an example written by Librarian June Hesler:

Walking Place

I have a walking place
Where no one goes.
An enclosed garden
On a campus no longer thriving.

What will this garden become?
A few daffodils, and grape hyacinths bloom.
Japanese Cherry in all its glory.
Tulips to come.

But I walk
Making crazy ‘eight’ patterns.
One way, then another
Brick and broken slate underfoot.

Coronavirus days.