NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - They have dared to tread in the footsteps of Dickinson, Yeats and Shakespeare and on April 29, many of them will be invited to read their words aloud.
New Brunswick Free Public Library will be commemorating National Poetry Month on April 29, when it invites the poets who contributed to its 21st annual Poetry Month Celebration Anthology to read their published poems.
Senior librarian Jackie Oshman said 50 high school students from New Brunswick contributed to the anthology. Another 20 elementary school children from Raritan Township submitted poems, as well as about 100 adults from across the state.
Oshman said poetry holds a special appeal to people seeking for a way to speak their mind.
"A lot of people feel it's the easiest way to express themselves," said Oshman, "They say they are too shy to tell people how they feel, but they can write it down and really get all their emotions out. That's just what a lot of the poets put when they're giving me their biographies to put into the book. They'll say, 'Poetry has allowed me the form of expression that I don't have to speak in front of a large crowd or tell people how I'm feeling and possibly be embarrassed.' They can just write the poems and say how they feel."
The event will run 7-8:30 p.m. at the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.