Pennsylvania Center for the Book

PUBLIC POETRY PROJECT

A celebration of poems to the people

Return to Project Index

2005 Poetry Posters
The Coffee Line Poster

The Coffee Line
By Judith Vollmer

Many people who have read Judith Vollmer’s “The Coffee Line” have had the image of the burner, “the wedding ring of night & morning fused” linger in their minds for weeks and months afterward, so powerful is its use here.

View poster
Text only version
Judith Vollmer reads "The Coffee Line"

Gerry Jones 14 poster

Gerry Jones, 14
Student

By Walter Dean Myers

Gerry Jones represents the young Walter Dean Myers sitting and reading in his Harlem tower and gauging whether the action below is enough to take his eyes off the page. Usually the book wins, but the sights, sounds, and smells still find their way into the soul of the poet and the minds of his characters.

View poster
Text only version
Walter Dean Myers reads "Gerry Jones, 14" at the Lee Bennett Hopkins Award Ceremony

The Planet Krypton poster

The Planet Krypton
By Lynn Emanuel

Gary Fincke said about Lynn Emanuel’s “The Planet Krypton,” “I've loved this poem since I heard Lynn read it . . . it's so well observed and takes its images under the surface to where the ‘real poem’ lies.”

View poster
Text only version
Gabe Welsch reads "The Planet Krypton".

So Far, So Good Poster

So Far, So Good
By Jeanne Murray Walker

Barbara Crooker said about Jeanne Murray Walker’s “So Far, So Good,” “One of the many things I admire about it is its telescopic quality, the way it zooms way out there to the universe, to the eye of God, and back again, firmly grounded in the things of the world, plastic placemats, spaghetti, mashed potatoes.”

View poster
Text only version
Jeanne Murray Walker reads "So Far, So Good".

So Far, So Good Poster

The Company We Keep
By Ron Mohring

Deirdre O’Connor said of Ron Mohring’s “The Company We Keep,” “There's something childlike in both the sound-driven language and in the act of collecting crayfish that is gently but usefully undermined by the conclusion that we human beings insist on our dominion.”

View poster
Text only version
Ron Mohring reads "The Company We Keep".


More Videos:

Judith Volmer reads "The Coffee Line" and other poems with an introduction by Gabe Welsch, 3.24.05.

Jeanne Murray Walker reads "So Far, So Good" and other poems with an introduction by Gabe Welsch, 3.24.05.

Ron Mohring reads "The Company We Keep" and other poems with an introduction by Gabe Welsch, 3.24.05.


2005 Poetry Advisory Committee: Bonnie MacEwan, William Brockman, William Joyce, Gabriel Welsch, Steven Herb
2005 Poetry Selection Committee: Barbara Crooker, Gary Fincke, Deirdre O'Connor


Penn State Libraries Center for the Book - Library of Congress