“Someone Must Wash the Dishes,” a Suffragette Monologue Performance

“Someone Must Wash the Dishes,” a Suffragette Monologue Performance

Many women fought against getting the vote in the early 1900s, but none with more charm, prettier clothes—and less logic—than the fictional speaker in this satiric monologue written by pro-suffragist Marie Jenney Howe. “Woman suffrage is the reform against nature,”...
Currently at the Library

Currently at the Library

As the level of severe Covid is low in our communities, masks are optional at the Island Free Library at this time. People may choose to mask at any time. People with symptoms or who test positive for COVID-19 should wear a mask. Masks are available. Thank...
Poetry Per Diem: Harryette Mullen’s Ask Aden

Poetry Per Diem: Harryette Mullen’s Ask Aden

Celebrate National Poetry Month with us and enjoy a Poetry Per Diem each day for the month of April! Today’s poem is from Harryette Mullen’s book of poems titled Sleeping with the Dictionary.     Ask Aden     Are aardvarks anxious? Do dragons dream? Ever see an...
Poetry Per Diem: Danez Smith’s a note on the body

Poetry Per Diem: Danez Smith’s a note on the body

Celebrate National Poetry Month with us and enjoy a Poetry Per Diem each day for the month of April! Today’s poem is from Danez Smith’s book of poems titled Don’t Call Us Dead. a note on the body your body still your body your arms still wing your mouth...
Poetry Per Diem: Juan Felipe Herrera’s Open

Poetry Per Diem: Juan Felipe Herrera’s Open

Celebrate National Poetry Month with us and enjoy a Poetry Per Diem each day for the month of April! Today’s poem is from Juan Felipe Herrera’s book of poems titled Every Day We Get More Illegal.     Open   as the leaf as the sidewalk as the tear & the iris...
Poetry Per Diem: W.S. Merwin’s Homecoming

Poetry Per Diem: W.S. Merwin’s Homecoming

Celebrate National Poetry Month with us and enjoy a Poetry Per Diem each day for the month of April! Today’s poem is from W. S. Merwin’s book of poems titled The Moon Before Morning. Homecoming Once only when the summer was nearly over and my own hair had been...
Poetry Per Diem: Marilyn Nelson’s Dinah’s Lament

Poetry Per Diem: Marilyn Nelson’s Dinah’s Lament

Celebrate National Poetry Month with us and enjoy a Poetry Per Diem each day for the month of April! Today’s poem is from Marilyn Nelson’s book of poems titled Fortune’s Bones.     Dinah’s Lament     Miss Lydia doesn’t clean the Doctor room....
Poetry Per Diem: Philip Levine’s The West Wind

Poetry Per Diem: Philip Levine’s The West Wind

Celebrate National Poetry Month with us and enjoy a Poetry Per Diem each day for the month of April! Today’s poem is from Philip Levine’s book of poems titled Breath.     The West Wind     When the winter wind moves through the ash trees in my yard I hear the...
Poetry Per Diem: Tina Cane’s A Minor History of Bodega

Poetry Per Diem: Tina Cane’s A Minor History of Bodega

Celebrate National Poetry Month with us and enjoy a Poetry Per Diem each day for the month of April! Today’s poem is from Tina Cane’s book of poems titled Once More with Feeling.   A Minor History of Bodega   More a mindset the bodega was where you could get...
Poetry Per Diem: Mark Strand’s The View

Poetry Per Diem: Mark Strand’s The View

Celebrate National Poetry Month with us and enjoy a Poetry Per Diem each day for the month of April! Today’s poem is from Mark Strand’s book of poems titled Blizzard of One.   The View   This is the place. The chairs are white. The table shines. The person...