Join us at 12:30 on Sunday, September 21 as we celebrate the equinox with Emily Dickinson's poem about bees, butterflies and inebriation. Perhaps some more sober Lorine Niedecker and Cid Corman as well. A touch of Ginsberg. No experience with poetry required. Just some fearlessness.
I taste a liquor never brewed —
From Tankards scooped in Pearl —
Not all the Vats upon the Rhine
Yield such an Alcohol!
Inebriate of Air — am I —
And Debauchee of Dew —
Reeling — thro endless summer days —
From inns of Molten Blue --
When "Landlords" turn the drunken Bee
Out of the Foxglove's door —
When Butterflies — renounce their "drams"
I shall but drink the more!
Till Seraphs swing their snowy Hats —
And Saints — to windows run —
To see the little Tippler
Leaning against the — Sun
Librivox audio (yes, there are alternate versions)
Saturday the 20th, 1-4 in the Community Center
A special program for people 55 and older.
Music; Poems, Dialogues, Health Screenings, Ceramic Workshops, Games, Food.
More information: Karen Maricheau 301.891.7280
Tomorrow is Maryland's Big Day, the celebration of the bicentennial of the Battle of Baltimore. The Star Spangled Banner, which Francis Scott Key originally titled Defence of Fort McHenry, was born at dawn the next morning.
Fireworks over Fort McHenry, tall ships, cannon fire, a million people. Events have been ongoing all week, but the biggest crowds are expected on Saturday the 13th and for the flag raising in the morning on Sunday the 14th.
Earlier this week more than 6,000 students from all over Maryland created a living flag. A living flag was also part of the centennial celebrations in 1914.
Fort McHenry is worth a visit at any time. It had a long, interesting history before and after the War of 1812 — as a prison during the Civil War, a 3,000-bed hospital in World War I, a Coast Guard training base during World War II.
The Saturday night concert which will be broadcast live on PBS
In the library collection: Fort McHenry by Michael Burgan (digital, use your library card number, search for mchenry)
The other verses
Details of the battles of North Point and Baltimore
Graphic novelist Eleanor Davis will read from her newest book — for adults — titled How to Be Happy on Monday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Copies of Davis' books will be available for sale, courtesy of Politics & Prose Bookstore, but no purchase is required to attend this free event. NOTE: This program is best for adults and teens; Davis rates her presentation PG-13 because of strong language and discussion of sexual issues.
Tuesday, September 9 at 7:30 in the library :
Sportswriter and columnist Dave Zirin will be reading and discussing his newest book, Brazil's Dance with the Devil
If you missed Kate DiCamillo, or want to listen again, here are some clips
The clips include:
Sportswriter Dave Zirin on Tuesday Sept. 9
Reading and discussing his book Brazil's Dance with the Devil