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The 110 freeway at twilight
Christa Deitrick, April 30, 2020

It’s the last day of National Poetry Month, and what better way to close it out than by sharing the final batch of poems Los Angeles Public Library staff members wrote in honor of their first cars?


 Armenian Classical Writers header
David Turshyan, April 24, 2020

Here is a centuries-old Armenian riddle by Nerses Shnorhali.


No feathers and no wings it has,
Swifter than a bird it flies,
From land to land it tours and turns,
With companions it returns.


old red compact car in bad shape
Christa Deitrick, April 23, 2020

Welcome to the penultimate batch of affectionate, exasperated, and always entertaining poems written by our staff about their first car. We threw down the challenge last week as part of National Poetry Month, and the response was automatic!


Collage of poetry books for children
Caitlin Quinn, April 21, 2020

"Sheer perfection, no objection, near confection" —Fred Rogers


1980 Ford Fiesta
Christa Deitrick, April 16, 2020

In celebration of National Poetry Month, we gave Los Angeles Public Library staffers a poetry prompt—Write an Ode to Your First Car—and the response was Fast and Furious!


illustration by Basil T. Blackwood shows a seated audience looking attentive
Christa Deitrick, April 06, 2020

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, nonsense verse is defined as “humorous or whimsical verse that differs from other comic verse in its resistance to any rational or allegorical interpretation.


Collage of American poet Emily Dickinson and her letters, poems and pressed flowers.
Keith Chaffee, December 09, 2019

Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830. Her poetry was virtually unknown during her lifetime, but today, Dickinson is considered one of America’s most important literary figures.


Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Poet Laureate of Great Britain
Keith Chaffee, August 05, 2019

Alfred, Lord Tennyson was born on August 6, 1809. Tennyson was the Poet Laureate of Great Britain during the Victorian era, and his poems remain widely read today. He was particularly skilled in the use of rhythm and of the musical qualities of language.


Pacific Coast League in 1930 with Ernest Thayer's baseball poem screened on top
Keith Chaffee, June 03, 2019

Ernest Thayer's baseball poem "Casey at the Bat" was first published on June 3, 1888, in the San Francisco Examiner.


Classic Poetry or the Book of Songs written in traditional Chinese characters against a Chinese painting.
Julie Shu, March 06, 2019

Ancient Chinese classic poems are complex works of art. As far back as 3,000 years ago, Chinese poets composed the beautiful work called Book of Songs and Elegies of the South. They later created more splendid poetry during the Tang and Song dynasties.


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