Photograph of the Poetry Foundation Library in Chicago courtesy of Alanscottwalker under CC BY-SA 3.0 license

“The books [i.e., poetry collections] may not sell, but neither are they given away or thrown away. They tend, more than other books, to fall apart in their owners’ hands. Not I suppose good news in a culture and economy built on obsolescence. But for a book to be loved this way and turned to this way for consolation and intense renewable excitement seems to me a marvel.”  Louise Glück

The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, announced this week that “the health and wellbeing of our community, visitors, and staff remain paramount. We continue to support the City of Chicago’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), and so our building will remain closed to the public until further notice . . .”

Special Programs in Virtual Space

For the Time of COVID-19

Accessible from anywhere in the world . .  . 

“. . . we are offering several programs in virtual spaces. We invite you to explore our new virtual reading series Poetry Off the Stage, interactive writing workshops, and monthly Library Book Club.

“For those seeking inspiration, check out our Poetry & Practice writing prompts organized by age appropriateness, special collections like Poems of Sickness, Illness, and Recovery, and resources for educators and parents teaching at home.”

Follow the Poetry Foundation: website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates and ways to engage with poetry.

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