On The Same Poem, a poetry project of On the Same Page, the county’s annual Community Read Program, has become a staple of National Poetry Month in Forsyth County. On The Same Poem is the shared community experience of reading and discussing a single poem or poet to promote appreciation of poetry and to spark dialogue between diverse segments of the population. The project includes a luncheon with a distinguished poet at the Central Library and poetry slams and poetry contests throughout the county library system.
The On the Same Poem luncheon has become a staple of National Library Week/National Poetry Month in Forsyth County. It is a programming concept that originated at FCPL and has attracted the attention of Poet’s House, a national organization that seeks to encourage innovative poetry programming in public libraries across the country. Over a brown bag lunch, the visiting poet reads his poem. Participants discuss the poem, facilitated by discussion leaders at each table, and the program concludes with question and answer with the poet
This year, we have the pleasure of sharing the love of poetry with North Carolina’s Poet Laureate, Jaki Shelton Green. She is the first African American, and third woman, to be appointed N.C. poet Laureate. Celebrate her and six young winners of our On the Same Poem poetry contest at the Brown Bag Luncheon on Thursday, April 18 at noon in the Central Library Auditorium. There will be poetry readings, discussions and book signing. Bring a lunch. Drinks and desserts will be provided. No reservation is required.
For more information about the On the Same Poem luncheon and other poetry programs throughout the month of April, please download our program brochure or call your local branch library.
Running" by Carole Boston Weatherford
fiddledeedee" Shelby Stephenson
Telling Time" by Joseph Mills
Entering an Abandoned House" by NC Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti
Conversation with a Ladybug” and “Hot" by Dr. Doris Davenport
"Audubon's Flute" by Robert Morgan
"Passage" and "Fireflies" by Fred Chappell
"School House" by Kwame Dawes
"Mountain Time" by Kathryn Stripling Byer
"America" by Tony Hoagland
"Genealogy" by Thylias Moss
"Imagine the Angels of Bread" by Martin Espada
"Daystar" by Rita Dove