Our world wouldn't be the same without poetry. Though we rush about all day frenetically, we all need time to stop and ponder the beauty too often neglected in our world. Poems, those "nightingales between two worlds of dust" (E.M.Forster) are perhaps the most focused form of artistic expression. Poets cannot afford to waste a word, cannot afford to alienate the reader with trite expressions as they strive to capture moments and feelings that beg to be shared with others. During April, National Poetry Month, I encourage you to find an oasis of peace by revisiting the works of a favorite poet, or by exploring the words of someone new. We have hundreds of poets to choose from in the DiPietro Library. Might I suggest Sylvia Plath, Theodore Roethke, Gwendolyn Brooks, Ted Kooser, Philip Larkin, Elizabeth Bishop, Thom Gunn, Joy Harjo, Seamus Heaney, Emily Dickinson, Dylan Thomas, or W.B. Yeats. Your heart will thank you.
University Librarian Paul O. Jenkins is currently in the process of completing a 55,000 word manuscript about the English folk singer Ralph McTell. The book will be brought out by UK publisher Sonic Bond as part of their "Tracks" series. Each title in the series includes a deep dive into the work of musicians, album by album, track by track. Jenkins has previously written liner notes for several of McTell's albums, including his 2006 box set, The Journey. Though best known for his international hit, "Streets of London," McTell has written dozens of beautiful and important songs. In some ways he can be seen as an English James Taylor. It is Jenkins' hope that his book will lead more American listeners to investigate the work of this important artist. The picture below shows Jenkins and the singer enjoying a laugh together after McTell's UK concert in 2004.
Mary Anne Blauert is beginning to research and develop an LibGuide on famous female artists.
University Librarian Paul O. Jenkins has recently had six poems accepted for publication. "The Drakes at Uncanoonuc" and "Inselberg" by the Northern New England Review. "Old Welsh Air" by Green Unicorn, "From Prairie to Mountain" by The Field Guide, and "Only When Finally" and "A Humbling" by Nebo.
Leslie Inglis recently attended a NERCOMP Webinar entitled Generative AI in Higher Education.
Todd Niemi has had a villanelle accepted for publication in the next issue of CŌNFINGŌ magazine, due out in late April.
Technical Services Librarian and Archivist, Brantley Palmer, was recently elected as a Rep-At-Large for the New England Archivists organization.