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‘Cat in the Stacks: Write a Poem Today!


 I’m Michelle Callaghan, a first-year graduate student at Villanova University. This is our column, “‘Cat in the Stacks.” I’m the ‘cat. Falvey Memorial Library is the stacks. I’ll be posting about living that scholarly life, from research to study habits to embracing your inner-geek, and how the library community might aid you in all of it.

While planning what to write about today
I looked upon the calendar and thought,
It being April, I should write a poem
For Poetry Month; Thursday’s blog should rhyme!

Turns out rhyming is pretty hard to do,
Instead you’ll have to humor this blank verse.
And catch the times my lines are not ten beats
Since I am not so hot at matching feet.

You should try to do this, too; not easy,
But who cares? A challenge is good for you.
It’s poetry month—there’s no better time!
Maybe you can make yours a little rhyme.

The coolest thing about poetry is
How forms and patterns make it so much fun
To be creative with a direction—
And have a roadmap to beat writer’s block!

If you want to learn more about writing
Poetry, or anything, check the stacks.
This book looks pretty good; I’d read it.
Here’s a collection of poetic forms!

Then there’s spoken word and songs and rap—
All ready for your thoughts and words to join
The party. So give it a shot today!
Be a poet, write a poem, sing a song!

Article by Michelle Callaghan, graduate assistant on the Communication and Service Promotion team. She is currently pursuing her MA in English at Villanova University.



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Last Modified: April 9, 2015

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