Poetry can illuminate the path through our daily lives, revealing beauty in the mundane tasks and objects that we often overlook. As poet Naomi Shihab Nye observed, “Poetry helps us to see something worth seeing everywhere, whether inside or outside of us.” Emotions triggered by everyday items — the memory of a lost mother, or the anxiety that comes with hope — often go unseen but are given voice through poems that span continents and generations. As Kansans, most of us can appreciate memories connected in limestone postrock, birdhouses, soap dishes, soup bowls and sunset light. With words and music, this presentation will uplift our daily experiences by exploring what poet Pablo Neruda called “odes to ordinary things.”
This Saturday at 1 p.m., Kansas Poet Laureate Kevin Rabas will be at the Pleasanton Library to entertain and delight us with some of his own poetry, as well as a few from others who have inspired him. The author of seven books of poetry, Rabas also inspires students as the co-director of the Creative Writing Program at Emporia State University. Please join us to hear him and lose yourself in the words. The program is made possible through a grant from Humanities Kansas, and is free to the public.