Christopher White- “I like to smile on other days, so I still like to smile on rainy days.”
Christopher White- “I like to smile on other days, so I still like to smile on rainy days.”
“Arriving Again and Again Without Noticing” by Linda Gregg
Submitted by Laura Hutelmyer
Laura Hutelmyer is the Electronic Resources and Special Acquisitions coordinator for Falvey Memorial Library.
“Arriving Again and Again Without Noticing” is a poem from Gregg’s poetry collection In the Middle Distance, her 6th book.
You can also listen to Gregg speak briefly about her approach to writing and read one of her other poems here.
“Arriving Again and Again Without Noticing”
By Linda Gregg
I remember all the different kinds of years.
Angry, or brokenhearted, or afraid.
I remember feeling like that
walking up a mountain along the dirt path to my broken house on the island.
And long years of waiting in Massachusetts.
The winter walking and hot summer walking.
I finally fell in love with all of it:
dirt, night, rock and far views.
It’s strange that my heart is as full
now as my desire was then.
“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost
Submitted by Laura Bang
Laura Bang is Falvey Memorial Library’s Digital and Special Collections curatorial assistant, and she submitted “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” perhaps one of Frost’s most well known and beloved poems. It was included in Frost’s collection New Hampshire, published in 1923, for which he won the first of his four Pulitzer Prizes.
The speaker of “Stopping by Woods” is caught in a moment of choosing between the tranquility of nature and the responsibilities of life and society. One well-known interpretation suggests that the poem is a meditation on death and draws the distinction between eternal peace, rather than natural tranquility, and the hustle and bustle of daily life.
With the holiday season upon us it is easy to imagine oneself in the speaker’s shoes and the desire for moments of peacefulness at odds with all of the responsibilities that this time of year brings. If you find yourself feeling as though you have far too many miles to go before you sleep, try to find a few moments throughout the day to stop by your own metaphorical wood and take a few deep breaths to get you through all that lies ahead.
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
By Robert Frost
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
“A Sword In A Cloud Of Light” by Kenneth Rexroth
Read by Kenneth Rexroth (@29:02)
Submitted by Michael Foight
Michael Foight is Special Collections and Digital Library coordinator at Falvey Memorial Library and submitted this poem with the comment, “my favorite poem of all time.”
The recording provided is from the Poetry Center Digital Archive* and is Kenneth Rexroth reading many of his poems including “A Sword In A Cloud Of Light,” which is at 29:02. You can also download the recording or listen to it on the Poetry Center Digital Archive’s site.
“A Sword In A Cloud Of Light”
By Kenneth Rexroth
Your hand in mine, we walk out
To watch the Christmas Eve crowds
On Fillmore Street, the Negro
District. The night is thick with
Frost. The people hurry, wreathed
In their smoky breaths. Before
The shop windows the children
Jump up and down with spangled
Eyes. Santa Clauses ring bells.
Cars stall and honk. Street cars clang.
Loud speakers on the lampposts
Sing carols, on juke boxes
In the bars Louis Armstrong
Plays White Christmas. In the joints
The girls strip and grind and bump
To Jingle Bells. Overhead
The neon signs scribble and
Erase and scribble again
Messages of avarice,
Joy, fear, hygiene, and the proud
Names of the middle classes.
The moon beams like a pudding.
We stop at the main corner
And look up, diagonally
Across, at the rising moon,
And the solemn, orderly
Vast winter constellations.
You say, “There’s Orion!”
The most beautiful object
Either of us will ever
Know in the world or in life
Stands in the moonlit empty
Heavens, over the swarming
Men, women, and children, black
And white, joyous and greedy,
Evil and good, buyer and
Seller, master and victim,
Like some immense theorem,
Which, if once solved would forever
Solve the mystery and pain
Under the bells and spangles.
There he is, the man of the
Night Before Christmas, spread out
On the sky like a true god
In whom it would only be
Necessary to believe
A little. I am fifty
And you are five. It would do
No good to say this and it
May do no good to write it.
Believe in Orion. Believe
In the night, the moon, the crowded
Earth. Believe in Christmas and
Birthdays and Easter rabbits.
Believe in all those fugitive
Compounds of nature, all doomed
To waste away and go out.
Always be true to these things.
They are all there is. Never
Give up this savage religion
For the blood-drenched civilized
Abstractions of the rascals
Who live by killing you and me.
*The Poetry Center Digital Archive is a Project of The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University.
As I Walked Out One Evening, By W.H. Auden
Read by Tom Hiddleston
Submitted by Sarah Wingo
“As I Walked Out One Evening” was written in the mid-1930s, early in Auden’s career. In technical terms the poem is a literary ballad with ABCB quatrains and other elements of the lyric poem. The poem deals with love, mortality, and the steady march of time. Although there is melancholy in this poem, one of my favorite take aways from it is that although life is fleeting, and perhaps even more so because it is so fleeting “Life remains a blessing.” My favorite line comes near the end of the poem:
“You shall love your crooked neighbor
With your crooked heart.”
This line acknowledges the deep imperfections of humanity, while at the same time celebrating the human capacity for love.
As we count down to Christmas you will hear my voice and other voices from the library reading some of the poems that have been selected, but to start us off with a little treat I found an audio clip of Tom Hiddleston reading “As I Walked Out One Evening”:
Quote of the Week:
“‘Supposing a tree fell down, Pooh, when we were underneath it?’
‘Supposing it didn’t, said Pooh after careful thought.
Piglet was comforted by this.”
I hope you’ve not had too many political conversations over dinner (unless maybe that’s your family’s thing) and are rested enough to finish the semester strong. We have a big three weeks(ish) ahead of us and then (finally) we come to the purest form of the holiday season: a whole month without academic responsibility.
This week in the library:
Tuesday, Nov. 29th,
-Food for Thought Discussion- VITAL, Room 207, 11:30-12:45 p.m.
-Theology & Religious Studies: Faith & Culture, Room 204, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
-Agape Latte, First Floor Lounge, 8:00-9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 30th,
-Food for Thought Discussion-VITAL, Room 206, 11:30-12:45
Friday, Dec. 2nd,
-ACS Writing Awards Reception, Speaker’s Corner, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
I asked William Repetto what he does to de-stress, in hopes he would spark inspiration for this section of the blog. He said things like “take a walk, cook a gluten-free meal, actually do my work, etc.”
However, none of these options felt right for this week’s #MindfulnessMonday.
He then said, “people could read Cat in the Stacks!”
So that is my suggestion to you all this week in case you were in need of an insightful, contemplative, inspiring, unique read this week.
Save the Date:
Monday, Dec. 12th,
-Final Day of Classes
Tuesday, Dec. 13th,
-Reading Day (yay!)
Many Safe Zone Volunteers at Falvey will have the Safe Zone logo posted on their office door, but you can also access a full alphabetical Listing of Safe Zone Volunteers/Locations here
This is a list of Safe Zone Volunteers at Falvey:
Robin Bowles, Second Floor Office 220, firstname.lastname@example.org
Luisa Cywinski, First Floor Access Services, email@example.com
Nikolaus Fogle, Second Floor Office 227, firstname.lastname@example.org
Millicent Gaskell, Old Falvey Admin Office, email@example.com
Mary Beth Simmons, Second Floor Writing Center 202, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Wingo, Second Floor Office 223, email@example.com
#FalveyPeek at the Week provided by Hunter Vay Houtzer, a graduate assistant on the Communications and Marketing Team at the Falvey Memorial Library. She is working toward an MA in Communication at Villanova University, and on winter-wardrobe preparations. Send your thoughts/suggestions to Hunter at #falveypeek. See you next Monday for more!
Advent derives from the Latin word “adventus,” meaning approach or arrival. Advent is a time of expectation, a buildup and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity at Christmas (Christ’s first coming), and a reminder to prepare one’s soul for Christ’s expected return to earth on judgment day.
Advent is celebrated in different ways, but one cherished tradition that our readers in both religious and secular households may have grown up with is that of the Advent Calendar. In the spirit of the holiday season, Falvey Memorial Library has asked its staff to contribute one or two of their favorite poems to a Poetry Advent Calendar, which we will be creating on our blog. During Advent you can check in everyday for a new poem as we count down to Christmas.
Advent begins early this year (November 27); it can begin as late as December 3. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, “Advent is a period beginning with the Sunday nearest to the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (30 November) and embracing four Sundays.” Advent is also celebrated by Protestant churches. Advent’s history goes back to the fourth century A.D. and the reign of the Roman Emperor Constantine.
Sarah Chen – “I like pesto mashed potatoes.”
Shelly Henling – “My favorite is the pumpkin pie.”
Lauren Henderson – “Mashed potatoes!”
James Conheeney – “Oven baked turkey, like my grandma makes.”
Donald Holten – “The turkey, of course!”
Liam Wolfe – “I like green bean casserole, but it’s not my favorite. My favorite would be Nana’s pumpkin pie.”
Happy Thanksgiving, Wildcats!
On October 20th, Peggy Hoon, the Director of Copyright Policy and Education at Louisiana State University, gave an engaging and informative talk in Falvey Memorial Library on “Fair Use in Online Learning Environments.”
Hoon started her talk by noting the ubiquitousness of copyright in educational settings, sharing an American Library Association (ALA) infographic depicting Fair Use in the Day in the Life of a College Student. Hoon dispelled misconceptions about copyright (“if there isn’t a copyright symbol, it isn’t copyrighted” or “If I password protect copyrighted works online I can’t possibly violate copyright” or “I always need to get permission to use copyrighted works”) and defined copyright as a limited monopoly conferred on creators of intellectual property by the Constitution and Congress to balance the financial interests of creators with the social goods derived from the use and exchange of ideas and knowledge in fixed forms. Hoon shared a five point framework she uses to help people work through copyright questions:
Hoon walked the audience through applying these questions to the many, many unique fact situations encountered in college settings, while neatly describing the legal cases and compromises along the path that have given rise to our current copyright topography. Hoon’s roadmap to exercising full use of copyright in online learning environments can be viewed on the Villanova YouTube channel.
The event was co-sponsored by the Center for Instructional Technologies, The College of Arts and Sciences, Villanova Institute for Teaching and Learning and Falvey Memorial Library.
Photographs by Kallie Stahl, Communications and Marketing Dept.
What’s happening here? We became accustomed to seeing construction vehicles and materials during the renovation of the Old Falvey Reading Room, now known as the Dugan Polk Family Reading Room. But that project was completed last month and there is now a green barricade extending along the back of Falvey Memorial Library.
Behind that green barricade a patio is being constructed, creating a new impressive entrance to the Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship Institute, the Idea Accelerator. The foundation has been laid; a stone wall and paving stones will soon be added.
Photographs by Alice Bampton, Communications and Marketing Program Manager.