CU Boulder Libraries want to know your favorite poem! The one that always makes you laugh, or the one that makes you cry. The one your first love shared with you, or the one that comforted you after your break up.
In anticipation of National Poetry Month in April, and A Celebration of CU Boulder’s Favorite Poems April 18 at 4:30 pm in Norlin Library, the Libraries are asking students, faculty, staff and alumni to share the name of their poem. You can submit yours at bit.ly/CUFavoritePoems or at the Favorite Poem boxes at each library branch, the English Department and Innisfree Poetry Bookstore by March 8.
Fifteen poems will be selected to represent the diversity of entries and read by the people who submitted them at the celebration on April 18. The goal of the event is to take poetry out of the classroom and celebrate it as one of humanity’s oldest art forms. Rather than hearing from poets or academics who study poetry, the evening will be feature people of all ages and from all areas of study, sharing what a specific poem means to them.
In collaboration with the English Department, the LIbraries have created entry forms asking for the title and poet of your favorite poem, and a sentence of two about why the poem is meaningful to you. The idea was inspired by the Favorite Poem Project, dedicated to celebrating, documenting and encouraging poetry’s role in our lives. Robert Pinsky, the 39th Poet Laureate of the United States, founded the Favorite Poem Project in 1997 and twenty years later, people continue to gather and celebrate the power of poetry in their personal lives.
Contribute your favorite poem today. Then join us on April 18 and enjoy some of CU Boulder’s most loved poems, read by the people who love them!