1. Happy 140th Birthday, Robert Frost!
Today, celebrate the works of beloved American poet Robert Frost on what would have been his 140th birthday!
Highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech, the four-time Pulitzer Prize winner is perhaps best known for his most popular poem, “The Road Not Taken,” published in 1916.
Also a recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal, Frost is the author of over 80 poems including “Mending Wall,” “Paul’s Wife,” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”.
Head to your nearest NYPL branch to learn more about one of history’s most celebrated poets today!

    Happy 140th Birthday, Robert Frost!

    Today, celebrate the works of beloved American poet Robert Frost on what would have been his 140th birthday!

    Highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech, the four-time Pulitzer Prize winner is perhaps best known for his most popular poem, “The Road Not Taken,” published in 1916.

    Also a recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal, Frost is the author of over 80 poems including “Mending Wall,” “Paul’s Wife,” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”.

    Head to your nearest NYPL branch to learn more about one of history’s most celebrated poets today!

  2. The image above from NYPL’s Rare Books Division is a fragment of Walt Whitman’s revision of his poem “The Mississippi at Midnight,” which was first published on this day in 1848 in the New Orleans Daily Crescent. 
(H/T to Book Pilgrim for sharing the poem on the Walt Whitman Archive, the finished text can be read here.)

    The image above from NYPL’s Rare Books Division is a fragment of Walt Whitman’s revision of his poem “The Mississippi at Midnight,” which was first published on this day in 1848 in the New Orleans Daily Crescent. 

    (H/T to Book Pilgrim for sharing the poem on the Walt Whitman Archive, the finished text can be read here.)

  3. NYPL presents #LiteraryMarchMadness, a daily pairing from one of  four conferences: Triple Threats (3-named authors), Real-Life Feuds (guess which author punched his rival!), Kid Favorites (but you adults love them too), and Cult Following (self-explanatory). Visit our Facebook page to vote! 

    NYPL presents #LiteraryMarchMadness, a daily pairing from one of  four conferences: Triple Threats (3-named authors), Real-Life Feuds (guess which author punched his rival!), Kid Favorites (but you adults love them too), and Cult Following (self-explanatory). Visit our Facebook page to vote! 

  4. Booktalking "Cat Poems" by Dave Crawley | The New York Public Library →

    Librairan Miranda at Grand Concourse Library shares a favorite book with… wait for it… cat poems! Happy Caturday!

    I love the cat breed illustrations on the inside of the front and back covers of this book. All of the cats look so happy! The book is full of poems that indicate the nature of cats, and anyone who has experience with cats or who has lived with cats knows exactly what Crawley is talking about in these cat poems.

  5. Check out the first page of the oldest surviving poem by iconic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley - “Cat In Distress” (transcript of the full poem here). He apparently wrote this when he was about 10. Sometime between 1809 and 1811, his sister Elizabeth transcribed it onto this piece of paper and created the little watercolor cat image. When Elizabeth died, the poem was passed to her sister Hellen. It is now in our Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle,  one of the world’s leading repositories for the study of English Romanticism. Its holdings consist of some 25,000 books, manuscripts, letters, and other objects, chiefly from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. And today, it takes center stage for Caturday. Happy Caturday! 

    Check out the first page of the oldest surviving poem by iconic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley - “Cat In Distress” (transcript of the full poem here). He apparently wrote this when he was about 10. Sometime between 1809 and 1811, his sister Elizabeth transcribed it onto this piece of paper and created the little watercolor cat image. When Elizabeth died, the poem was passed to her sister Hellen. It is now in our Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle,  one of the world’s leading repositories for the study of English Romanticism. Its holdings consist of some 25,000 books, manuscripts, letters, and other objects, chiefly from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. And today, it takes center stage for Caturday. Happy Caturday! 

  6. Summer Poetry Reading with Eduardo C. Corral, Matthea Harvey, and Jennifer Militello | The New York Public Library →

    We will admit
    this poem’s the pits,
    which is why we say,
    visit NYPL Tuesday. 

    You will see
    and hear without fee,
    poetry that is
    much more celebratory.

    (Forgive us.)

  7. livefromthenypl:

HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT: LIVE from the NYPL’s Fall 2013 Schedule, LIVE announces the new line-up featuring exciting authors, personalities and speakers. You won’t want to miss it
Tickets on Sale Now for Friends, On Sale to General Public July 22 (Can’t wait? Become a Friend, Join our Family!)
Margaret Atwood | Carl Hiaasen (Tuesday September 17) here
Adam Fitzgerald, John Ashbery, Timothy Donnelly (Thursday, September 19) here
Jesmyn Ward (Monday, September 30) here
Jaron Lanier (Thursday, October 10) here
The Moth [featuring George Dawes Green, Andrew Solomon, Catherine Burns and more] (Tuesday, October 15) here
Warren Buffett, Howard G. Buffett, Howard W. Buffett (Wednesday, October 23) here
Lorrie Moore: Watching Television (Friday, October 25) here
Nico Muhly and Ira Glass [Co-Presented by The Metropolitan Opera] (Tuesday, October 29) here
Alice Waters and Kermit Lynch (Monday, November 18) here
Michael Connelly (Wednesday, December 4) here
Ann Patchett and Elizabeth Gilbert (Tuesday, December 10) here
Toni Morrison and Junot Díaz (Thursday, December 12) here

    livefromthenypl:

    HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT: LIVE from the NYPL’s Fall 2013 Schedule, LIVE announces the new line-up featuring exciting authors, personalities and speakers. You won’t want to miss it

    Tickets on Sale Now for Friends, On Sale to General Public July 22 (Can’t wait? Become a Friend, Join our Family!)

    Margaret Atwood | Carl Hiaasen (Tuesday September 17) here

    Adam Fitzgerald, John Ashbery, Timothy Donnelly (Thursday, September 19) here

    Jesmyn Ward (Monday, September 30) here

    Jaron Lanier (Thursday, October 10) here

    The Moth [featuring George Dawes Green, Andrew Solomon, Catherine Burns and more] (Tuesday, October 15) here

    Warren Buffett, Howard G. Buffett, Howard W. Buffett (Wednesday, October 23) here

    Lorrie Moore: Watching Television (Friday, October 25) here

    Nico Muhly and Ira Glass [Co-Presented by The Metropolitan Opera] (Tuesday, October 29) here

    Alice Waters and Kermit Lynch (Monday, November 18) here

    Michael Connelly (Wednesday, December 4) here

    Ann Patchett and Elizabeth Gilbert (Tuesday, December 10) here

    Toni Morrison and Junot Díaz (Thursday, December 12) here

  8. Happy Birthday William Butler Yeats! Born in 1865 in Dublin, this poet was the first Irishman to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923. You can check out the works of this Nobel Prize winning poet from the Library. 

    Happy Birthday William Butler Yeats! Born in 1865 in Dublin, this poet was the first Irishman to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923. You can check out the works of this Nobel Prize winning poet from the Library

  9. On June 13, LIVE from the NYPL's Spring 2013 season closes with a powerful final installment. Liao Yiwu and his translator Wenguang Huang will join Paul Holdengräber for a conversation about poetry, protest and prison in honor of the English-language release of Liao's memoir, For A Song and A Hundred Songs, which The Daily Beast calls “one of the most important documents of political imprisonment and torture about China ever written.” 
Liao Yiwu will also play music on the xiao (Chinese flute) and read his poem “Massacre” - the work that lead to his arrest in China - when he takes the stage next week. Purchase tickets here. 

    On June 13, LIVE from the NYPL's Spring 2013 season closes with a powerful final installment. Liao Yiwu and his translator Wenguang Huang will join Paul Holdengräber for a conversation about poetry, protest and prison in honor of the English-language release of Liao's memoir, For A Song and A Hundred Songs, which The Daily Beast calls “one of the most important documents of political imprisonment and torture about China ever written.” 

    Liao Yiwu will also play music on the xiao (Chinese flute) and read his poem “Massacre” - the work that lead to his arrest in China - when he takes the stage next week. Purchase tickets here

  10. LIVE from the NYPL will be celebrating Federico García Lorca’s life and legacy on June 4, the day before what would have been the Spanish poet and playwright’s 115th birthday. The program features poetry and performances from a powerhouse lineup of guests, including John Giorno, Will Keen and María Fernández Ache, Philip Levine, Christopher Maurer, Paul Muldoon, Patti Smith, and Tracy K. Smith. 
So if you want to see not one, not two, but three Pulitzer Prize-winning poets plus Patti Smith plus other renowned guests all in one night, grab your tickets for Tuesday’s event here. 
And be sure to check out NYPL’s exhibition “Back Tomorrow: Federico García Lorca / Poet In New York,” which includes the original Poet In New York manuscript, and other events happening throughout the city as part of Lorca in New York: A Celebration.

    LIVE from the NYPL will be celebrating Federico García Lorca’s life and legacy on June 4, the day before what would have been the Spanish poet and playwright’s 115th birthday. The program features poetry and performances from a powerhouse lineup of guests, including John Giorno, Will Keen and María Fernández Ache, Philip Levine, Christopher Maurer, Paul Muldoon, Patti Smith, and Tracy K. Smith

    So if you want to see not one, not two, but three Pulitzer Prize-winning poets plus Patti Smith plus other renowned guests all in one night, grab your tickets for Tuesday’s event here

    And be sure to check out NYPL’s exhibition “Back Tomorrow: Federico García Lorca / Poet In New York,” which includes the original Poet In New York manuscript, and other events happening throughout the city as part of Lorca in New York: A Celebration.