WPL Book Group Rescheduled New Date Wednesday January 15, 2014 at 6:30 pm
Poetry 180 was the 2013 Vermont Humanities Council pick for the Vermont READS program, the statewide One-Book community reading program. This selection focused on adults and high school readers.
Billy Collins, the former Poet Laureate of the United States and editor of this book, also designed a program to be used as part of the high school curriculum, but is available for all of us to enjoy and read and get to know poetry.
From Billy Collins, former Poet Laureate of the United States, to the high school teachers of America:
I want to acquaint you with a new program for making poetry an active part of the daily experience of American high school students. The program is called Poetry 180 and offers a poem for every day of the approximately 180-day school year. But there is another reason I chose that name.
A 180-degree turn implies a turning back -- in this case, to poetry. The idea behind Poetry 180 is simple: to have a poem read each day to the students of American high schools across the country. How the program is applied is completely up to each high school. Following are guidelines for implementing Poetry 180. I have tried to keep the program as flexible as possible so that it can be easily adapted to the needs of your school and especially to your particular school calendar.
Drop by the library and pick up a copy of Poetry 180. Visit the Poetry 180 website and read a poem a day as an experiment and let us know what you think. Come to the WPL Book Group meeting with Lynn on Wednesday January 15th at 6:30 pm and/or come to the Perkinsville Potluck lunch on Tuesday January 21 where Nancy will talk about the book and have copies available.