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New display in Memorial Library celebrates National Poetry Month

April 19, 2013

npm2013_poster_540A new display in the Memorial Library foyer celebrates National Poetry Month with a selection of poetry resources and new publications from the UW-Madison Libraries.

Featured materials include a selection of handmade books from the Kohler Art Library’s Artist Book Collection that incorporate poetry as the main text of the work.  These books explore landscape, changing seasons, and other themes with words and images, and are beautifully constructed and illustrated with prints, paintings, and folded paper “quilts.”

Another treasure on display for National Poetry month is a rare edition of Willa Cather’s April Twilights, on loan from Special Collections.  April Twilights is a beautiful first edition, and is rare because author disliked the publication and tried to buy up all the copies before her career as a novelist bloomed.

In addition to these treasures, the display also showcases new poetry printed by Parallel Press and the University of Wisconsin Press, including the 2013 winners of the Brittingham, Pollak, and Four Lakes poetry prizes.  All volumes are accompanied by example poems.

Special thanks to librarians Lyn Korenic and Susan Barribeau for their help in selecting materials for the display, and to designer Dan Joe for creating the display backdrops.