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April 12, 2010 - Bill Ackerbauer
In case you haven't heard, today is Drop Everything and Read Day, April 12 being the birthday of noted children's writer Beverly Cleary. I understand several local schools and libraries will observe this event tomorrow, April 13 — perhaps because it's too difficult to pull off an organized activity on the day children return from a weeklong vacation.
So many choices ... Perhaps I'll read a few more pages of "A House for Mister Biswas," the novel by V.S. Naipaul that I have been plodding through for several weeks. A friend recently lent me several back issues of The Sun, a thoughtful politi-literary magazine that has captured the imagination of my inner radical flower child. With springtime I feel drawn to the writing of Hudson Valley naturalist John Burroughs.
Come to think of it, since April is National Poetry Month, I ought to spend a little quality time over at www.poets.org, the excellent site maintained by the Academy of American Poets. In my next few blog posts, I’ll have much more to say about poetry and local poets, so stay tuned. Meanwhile, happy reading.
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"I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see." — John Burroughs