Evening Will Come: Librarian Feature

See also by David Fulmer user under Creative Commons license CC BY 2.0

See also by David Fulmer user under Creative Commons license CC BY 2.0

I have a confession to make.

I am a bit of a poetry nerd. A  poem can stop me in my tracks and change my thinking.It might be a well crafted line, a beautiful description or even just a concise expression.  Whenever I think about the power of poetry I always come back to a quote by John Kennedy about poetry:

When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness  and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.

So what does this confession have anything to do with international librarianship?

Well, I recently came across Evening Will Come, an online journal of of poetics, and their August issues features poetry written by librarians. I’ve always known that librarians are talented people with mad skills, but I’ve never seen a collection of poems by librarians reflecting on their profession.

There really is some great work here. Improvisations on a Catalog Card by Janie N. Harrington and A Test of Memory by Lisa A Forrest are two interesting examples.

I do hope you enjoy and share them with your colleagues

-Amy Barker ILN Program Coordinator

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