Under the Tent of the Sky: A Collection of Poems About Animals Large & Small

By: McKenna Corey, ARB 2018-2019 NEH Intern

Under the Tent of the Sky Title PageThe Historical Textbooks Collection at the ARB contains texts that cover a myriad of subjects: history, science, civic studies, music, writing, mathematics, and more. As I browse the collection, as a literary fanatic, I tend to gravitate towards the literary texts. As I was sorting some books this week, I came across the most endearing poetry collection for children that I wanted to share.

The anthology is titled Under the Tent of the Sky, and it includes poetry that focuses on the animal kingdom. The volume was published in 1937. I was pleasantly surprised to see that some of my favorite poets were included in the volume, including William Blake, Emily Dickinson, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and even William Shakespeare. It was amazing to me that such prominent poets were included in a collection for children, and I was inspired to flip through the volume. Continue reading Under the Tent of the Sky: A Collection of Poems About Animals Large & Small

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Clermont Haiku Contest

In honor of National Poetry Month, the East Fork Journal and the Clermont College Library are sponsoring the 8th Annual Haiku Contest beginning March 25. 

You must be a Clermont College student to participate. Write up to 3 haiku and submit them for a chance to win a $50 gift card.  Professors Phoebe Reeves and Cassie Fetters will serve as our judges.

You may begin submitting entries on March 25. Drop your typed entries off at the Clermont College Library.

The entry deadline is April 10th

Go forth and haiku!

Penny McGinnis
Technical Services Manager

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“I Am Dying, Egypt, Dying!”: A Cincinnati College Soldier-Poet’s Embrace of the Battlefield

By:  Kevin Grace

William LytleOn September 20, 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, General William Haines Lytle of Cincinnati was shot and killed by a Confederate sniper’s bullet in the Battle of Chickamauga.  A few days later, his body was carried back to his hometown.  Lytle’s funeral was held at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Cincinnati and the thousands of mourners followed his casket in the cortege to Spring Grove Cemetery, miles away from the church.  The slow procession took up most of the day, the general’s body not arriving at Spring Grove until dusk.  Sometime later, his grave marker – a broken column – would dominate the landscape of the garden cemetery.

William Lytle was more than another officer killed in battle.  He was a literary man, a soldier-poet whose verse in antebellum America was popular in both the North and the South, and whose lines reflected his experiences on the battlefield.  They showed a view of the bloody vista typical of the Romantic era and they embodied his view of duty as well, in his eyes, a terrible beauty of death and destruction.  Lytle was a part of the Romantic tradition in his poetry, incorporating his classical education as a boy with his notions of heroism and duty in life.  This is an excerpt from a poem he wrote in 1840 as a fourteen-year-old, “The Soldier’s Death”: Continue reading “I Am Dying, Egypt, Dying!”: A Cincinnati College Soldier-Poet’s Embrace of the Battlefield

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Winners of the Clermont College Library’s 7th Annual Haiku Contest

Clermont College Library received 65 exceptional haiku entries from 26 students this year.

To quote Professor Reeves, one of our two judges, “What a great bunch—it was a very hard decision.”

Grand prize winner, David Fiora, won a $50 gift card and all winners will be published in the East Fork, Clermont’s online literary journal.

Dark was the long night
Cold was the spotted pavement
Beneath the gardens
-David Fiora

2nd Place

Light in the window
Smoke rolling from the chimney
I know I am home
-Brooklyn Parker

3rd Place

Life where none should be
Pushing through the concrete crack.
Blossoming flower.
-Amy Waugh

Honorable Mentions

cracked ice breaks beneath
my weight, i fall cold and near
the edge of my life
-Amy Elizabeth Monaco

The slow rising fire
Called out to me in the night
It knows my secrets
-Angelica Neal

 

Penny McGinnis
Technical Services Manager

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Clermont College Library to Host Poetry Reading

In collaboration with the English, Literature and Fine Arts Department, Clermont College Library will be host to Matthew Guenette, author of Vasectomania.

Please join us Wednesday, April 4, for a reading and book signing with the poet at 1:25 pm in the library. Reception to follow.

A special thank you to Associate Professor Phoebe Reeves for inviting us to participate in the event.

 

Penny McGinnis
Technical Services Manager

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Do you Haiku? 

In honor of National Poetry Month, the Clermont College Library is sponsoring its 7th Annual Haiku Contest beginning March 28.

You must be a Clermont College student to participate. Write up to 3 haiku and submit them for a chance to win a $50 gift card.  Professors Phoebe Reeves and Cassie Fetters will serve as our judges.

Read the complete contest guidelines: http://guides.libraries.uc.edu/clermont-poetry/haiku

Submit haiku here: Haiku submissions

The entry deadline is April 13th.

Go forth and haiku!

 

Penny McGinnis
Technical Services Manager

 

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Clermont College Library to Host Poetry Reading

 

 

 

 

 

In collaboration with the English, Literature and Fine Arts Department, Clermont College Library will be host to Richard Hague, author of Studied Days: Poems Early and Late in Appalachia.

Please join us November 8 for a conversation with the poet at 1:25pm and a reading and book signing at 2:30pm. Reception to follow.

A special thank you to Associate Professor Phoebe Reeves for inviting us to participate in the event.

 

Penny McGinnis
Technical Services Manager

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Rebecca Morgan Frank to Visit Clermont College

On Thursday, April 6, Rebecca Morgan Frank, our National Poetry Month guest, will share about her journey as a poet. Join her for a Q & A from 9:30am-10:30am in Snyder 142, followed by a poetry workshop from 11am-noon, also in Snyder 142.

Later in the afternoon from 2pm-3pm, Clermont College Library will host a reading, signing, and reception with Dr. Frank. Thanks to Professor Phoebe Reeves and the ELF Department for organizing this great event.

 

We’re excited to celebrate poetry month in April. Please join us for all of the activities.

Penny McGinnis
Technical Services Manager

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