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2012 National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month

King Library will have a display up this month in the foyer of the first floor in honor of National Poetry Month. This year's display honors Philip Levine, the 18th Poet Laureate of the United States, and Adrienne Rich, who passed away recently.

Special Collections also has a blog post about our Louise Bogan Collection called The Working Library of Louise Bogan (1897-1970), Poet and Critic

There are several organizations and companies celebrating National Poetry Month with various programs and activities. Here are some links you might want to check out to learn more:

30 Ways to Celebrate


Voices on the Verge: 14 New Poets for National Poetry Month

MPL and National Poetry Month - April 2012

Poetry Foundation Celebrates National Poetry Month

You might also be interested in a new resource we have at the library called Dustbooks eDirectories. It includes Directory of poetry publishers, Directory of small press/magazine editors and publishers, International directory of little magazines and small presses, and Small press records of books in print.

Finally check out our GoodReads shelf for some poetry recommendations:

Adrienne Rich


Adrienne Rich died on Tuesday March 27th. The New York Times has done a very nice obituary for her: A Poet of Unswerving Vision at the Forefront of Feminism

If you, like me, now want to go re-read some of her work (or want to discover her for the first time), we have many of her poetry collections at the library:

Tonight no poetry will serve : poems, 2007-2010. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3535.I233 T66 2011

An atlas of the difficult world : poems, 1988-1991. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3535.I233 A84 1991

Diving into the wreck; poems, 1971-1972. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3535.I233 D58

Collected early poems, 1950-1970. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3535.I233 A6 1993

You will also find many of her poems online. I like some of the poems found on The Academy of Poets website because they include recordings of her poems (some read by her):

The Art of Translation

Diving into the Wreck

The Burning of Paper Instead of Children

I would recommend reading some of her essays:

Arts of the possible: essays and conversations. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3535.I233 A83 2001

On lies, secrets, and silence : selected prose, 1966-1978. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3535.I233 O6 1979

Of woman born: motherhood as experience and institution. King Library (2nd floor) | HQ759 .R53 1986

There are so many lines of her poems I could include to give you a taste of her words, but I think I'll leave you with these lines:

"My heart is moved by all I can not save:
So much has been destroyed
I have to cast my lot with those
who age after age, perversely
with no extraordinary power,
reconstitute the world."
-"Natural Resources" from The Dream of a Common Language: Poems 1974–1977

6th Annual Women's Read-In

The Women’s Read-in is in its 6th year at the Libraries. It is co-sponsored by the Women's Center and is held in honor of Women's History Month. All members of the University and Oxford communities are encouraged to participate and attend.

Inspired by the fact that it is the Year of the Arts here at Miami University, our theme this year is "Recognizing Women and their Art and Stories". In keeping with this theme, we invite you to share women's art (music, drama, poetry, novels, sculpture, etc.). This can include your own work.

The event this year will be held on Thursday March 22nd from 11:00am-2:00pm in King Library 320.

You can register here to read/perform work by your favorite female artist or drop by to listen and enjoy refreshments.

Need some help choosing what to read? See a sample of what participants read from last year or our page on the Diversity guide for some inspiration!

See below for even more ideas:

We hope to see you there!

War and Freedom (part of the Let's Talk about It: Making Sense of the Civil War series)


Our fifth book discussion for the Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the Civil War* book discussion series will be selections from the America's War: Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on their 150th Anniversaries edited by Edward L. Ayers. We will be reading Part Five: War and Freedom from this anthology. We will discuss this section on Thursday March 15th at 4:00pm in King Library 320. If you would like to join the discussion, please contact Arianne Hartsell-Gundy (hartsea@muohio.edu or 513-529-8494) or Kim Tully (tullykk@muohio.edu or 513-529-2024). They will register you for the discussion and arrange for you to get a free copy of the book.

If you are interested in thinking more about some of the issues that we'll be discussing, you may want to check out some relevant resources:

Emancipation Proclamation from the National Archives

Library of Congress: From Slavery to Civil Rights: A Timeline of African American History

Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

After you read the excerpts in Part Five, you may be interested in reading other speeches and writings by these authors. Here are some of the titles that we have at King Library:

The Oxford Frederick Douglass Reader. King Library (2nd floor) | E449 .D749 1996

Lincoln on Race & Slavery. King Library (2nd floor) | E457.2 .L744 2009

Jubilee by Margaret Walker. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3545.A517 J82 1966

Been in the Storm So Long by Leon F. Litwack. King Library (2nd floor) | E185.2 .L57 1979

Please check out our website for more information. You'll find details about the readings for Part Five: War and Freedom, more information about other upcoming events, and links to a variety of resources.

*The Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the Civil War is a national series supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Check out the twitter hashtag #letstalkcw to find out about other programs at other libraries!

Downton Abbey


After watching last night's Christmas episode, I suddenly became sad when I realized I would probably be waiting a long time for series three. If you too were sad, here are some resources we have that you might enjoy while you wait for its return.

Some nonfiction titles of interest:

Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy by David Cannadine. King Library (2nd floor) | HT653.G7 C358 1999

Aspects of Aristocracy: Grandeur and Decline in Modern Britain by David Cannadine. King Library (2nd floor) | HT653.G7 C357 1994

After the Victorians: Private Conscience and Public Duty in Modern Britain: Essays in Memory of John Clive edited by Susan Pedersen and Peter Mandler. King Library (2nd floor) | HN385 .A38 1994

American Jennie: The Remarkable life of Lady Randolph Churchill by Anne Sebba. King Library (2nd floor) | DA565.C6 S43 2007

Life below Stairs: Domestic Servants in England from Victorian Times by Frank E. Huggett. BEST Library, Basement | HD8039.D52 G7763

The English Country House: From the Archives of Country Life by Mary Miers. ArtArch | NA7562 .M53 2009

Fiction, poetry, and memoirs of interest:

Below Stairs by Margaret Powell. SW Depository | TX649.P68 A3 (available for request)

Past Imperfect by Julian Fellowes. King Library (2nd floor) | PR6106.E4 P37 2009

Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford. SW Depository | PR6011.O53 P3 (available for request)

House at Riverton: A Novel by Kate Morton. King Leisure Reading | PR9619.4.M74 S55 2008

The Collected Poems of Wilfred Owen edited by C. Day Lewis. King Library (2nd floor) | PR6029.W4 A6 1964b

Collected poems, 1908-1956 by Siegfried Sassoon. King Library (2nd floor) | PR6037.A86 A17 1961

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. King Library (2nd floor) | PR6059.S5 R46 1993

You might also enjoy this blog post from ARTstor.

Meanwhile I'll be enjoying the memory of Mary and Matthew twirling in the snow!

Rita Dove, Miami alumna, receives National Medal of the Arts

Have you seen this recent Miami University News Release about Rita Dove? If you're interested in reading some of her poetry collections, check these out:

American Smooth: Poems. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3554.O884 A77 2004

Grace Notes: Poems. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3554.O884 G7 1989 | AVAILABLE

Mother Love: Poems. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3554.O884 M68 1995 | AVAILABLE

On the Bus with Rosa Parks: Poems. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3554.O884 O52 1999 | AVAILABLE

Journal Citation Reports and Other Tools for Preparing Your Dossier - Workshop on 2/21

Do you know the difference between an impact factor and an Eigenfactor? Do you know how to find out which journals in your field are considered the most influential? If not, then you might want to come to an upcoming workshop called "Journal Citation Reports and Other Tools for Preparing Your Dossier". This workshop is designed for faculty and graduate students who want to learn more about the citation tools available to help them. We'll cover the basics of Journal Citation Reports, discuss the useful tools in Web of Science, and realizing that not all journals are covered in JCR and WoS, we’ll also cover tools such as SciMago, Publish or Perish, Google Scholar, and WorldCat Identities.

By the end of the session we hope you’ll have gained:

• Awareness of the different tools available
• Understanding of the value of these different citation analysis tools
• Ability to select the best tool for any given task
• Understanding of vocabulary like impact factors
• Skills to gather citation information and include them in their promotion documents

This workshop is designed to be informative for all disciplines at Miami, and will be jointly led by a Humanities Librarian and a Social Science Librarian.

Lunch will be provided!

Where: King 110
When: February 21nd from noon-1:00pm

Register here: http://www.lib.muohio.edu/workshops/register/682

Charles Dickens Turns 200 Today!


Today is Charles Dickens' 200th birthday! To mark this occasion there are many blog posts and newspaper articles about him today:

Dickens and Victorian London: 2012 apps and ebooks

A letter to Charles Dickens on his 200th birthday

Happy Birthday, Dickens

Prince Charles leads Charles Dickens celebrations

Also, if you get a chance, check out Google's Doodle today!

We also have a small exhibit on the third floor of King in our Special Collections celebrating Charles Dickens. It will be up all this week.

If you are interested in reading more about him, here are some recent titles we have acquired:

Becoming Dickens: The Invention of a Novelist by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst. King Library (2nd floor) | PR4582 .D68 2011

Charles Dickens: A Life by Claire Tomalin. Copy on Order.

Charles Dickens in Context edited by Sally Ledger and Holly Furneaux. King Library (2nd floor) | PR4588 .C3597 2011

Charles Dickens's American Audience by Robert McParland. King Library (2nd floor) | PR4592.A54 M37 2010

The Cambridge Introduction to Charles Dickens by Jon Mee. King Library (2nd floor) | PR4588 .M44 2010

Finally there are many events planned throughout the world this year to celebrate his life and accomplishments:

Dickens 2012

Dickens and London Display

Dickens Anniversary Kicks Off in London

I myself plan to re-read Great Expectations!

Crossroad of Freedom: Antietam (part of the Let's Talk about It: Making Sense of the Civil War series)


Our fourth book discussion for the Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the Civil War book discussion series will be Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam by James M. McPherson. We will discuss this section on Thursday February 9th at 4:00pm in King Library 320. If you would like to join the discussion, please contact Arianne Hartsell-Gundy (hartsea@muohio.edu) or Kim Tully (tullykk@muohio.edu). They will register you for the discussion and arrange for you to get a free copy of the book.

There are also supplemental readings in the America's War anthology edited by Ed Ayers. They can be found in Part Four: The Shape of the War on pages 182 to 199.

If you are interested in learning more about the battle of Antietam, you may want to check out some relevant resources:

Antietam National Battlefield (U.S. National Park Service)
Battle of Antietam (Civil War)
The Battle of Antietam Summary & Facts

You can find out more about this book discussion and other upcoming programs here.

Happy Birthday, Jane!


Today is Jane Austen's 236th birthday! In celebration of this day, I want to share with you some new Jane Austen titles that have been added to our collection (which include some nice new annotated editions):

Why Jane Austen? by Rachel M. Brownstein. King Library (2nd floor) | PR4037 .B76 2011

The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen edited by Edward Copeland and Juliet McMaster. King Library (2nd floor) | PR4036 .C3 2011

Jane Austen: Two Centuries of Criticism by Laurence W. Mazzeno. King Library (2nd floor) | PR4037 .M34 2011

Constancy & The Ethics of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park by Joyce Kerr Tarpley. King Library (2nd floor) | PR4034.M33 T37 2010

Emma: An Authoritative Text, Contexts, Criticism edited by George Justice. King Library (2nd floor) | PR4034 .E5 2012

Persuasion: An Annotated Edition edited by Robert Morrison. King Library (2nd floor) | PR4037 .M34 2011

It's been an interesting year for speculations and new findings about Jane Austen. Here are a couple of recent articles. Read for yourself and decide what you think of some of these findings:

Remains of Jane Austen's Steventon home unearthed

Jane Austen biographer discovers 'lost portrait'

Jane Austen 'died from arsenic poisoning'

Manuscripts Suggest Jane Austen Had A Great Editor (this one came out at the end of 2010, but people were still e-mailing it to me in 2011!)

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