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Library Book Club

Friday, May 17th – Friday, May 17th, 12:30 PM–1:30 PM

Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
Reservations required

All experience levels are welcome to a monthly book group moderated by library staff. In 2013, the library will ask individuals from varied backgrounds to select a title that has been meaningful to them. Space is limited to 15 participants. Please register in advance by emailing library@poetryfoundation.org.

May’s curator, Rosie Schaap, selected A. R. Ammons’s Garbage for the following reasons:
“I tend to resist book-length poems (unless, you know, it's Chaucer or Dante or Milton...), but when Garbage came out in 1993, I read it in one sitting, as if in a trance. It's a poem with chutzpah and beauty in great and equal measures, both earthy and philosophic. And Ammons's voice, always singular and mighty, is here at its most persuasively, urgently prophetic.”

Rosie Schaap is the author of the memoir Drinking With Men, and writes the “Drink” column for The New York Times Magazine. She has also been a bartender, a fortuneteller, a librarian at a paranormal society, an editor, a preacher, a community organizer, and a manager of homeless shelters. A contributor to This American Life and poetryfoundation.org, her essays and articles have appeared in publications including The Atlantic, Lucky Peach, Marie Claire, and Saveur. Schaap is currently working on a book about whiskey.


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  • Detail, photograph by Jun Fujita, circa 1930s, courtesy of the Graham and Pamela Lee private collection.
    Current Exhibition
    Jan 12, 2017 – May 26, 2017

    This exhibition presents photographs and ephemera from the poet Jun Fujita (1888-1963). Fujita is an English-language tanka poet who published regularly in Poetry during the 1920s. The first Japanese-American photojournalist, he is responsible for the most famous photos of the Eastland disaster, the Chicago race riots of 1919, and the St. Valentine’s Day massacre, among others. This show will explore his lesser-known landscapes.