Since this April is National Poetry Month, we’ve gathered together selected poetry and related items from Open Collections for your enjoyment!
Our recently added Historical Children’s Literature Collection includes several poetry chapbooks. This chapbook, The butterfly’s ball, and the grasshopper’s feast, includes beautiful engraved illustrations:
Our BC Historical Books collection also contains several collections of poetry. Eric Duncan’s Rural rhymes and the sheep thief begins with the following disclaimer:
Here’s the first page of the first poem from the book, “A mosquito song”:
If you’re interested in Japanese poetry, check out our One Hundred Poets collection. This collection contains 74 books and 20 different card sets relating to the poetry anthology Hyakunin Isshu 百人一首 (One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each). You can read more about the collection in this previous blog post.
This month is a great time to seek out poetry readings. We found this photo of Allen Ginsberg reading at UBC in 1963:
Finally, check out this adorable poem about a cat interrupting a game of croquet: