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Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, July 20, 2014

By Ted Kooser/U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

Poetry has room for everything and everybody, for every subject and object. Here's a poem by Sharon Chmielarz, a Minnesota poet, on a subject I've never seen written about. And poetry, and American Life in Poetry in particular, now welcomes pillow cleaners.

The Pillow Cleaners Come to Town

and turn the senior citizen center

C-U Haiku, July 20, 2014

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

Soaking rains fell fast

Creating rivers in fields

A fleeting landscape

— Zanne Newman, Champaign

Library events, July 20-27, 2014

Each week, The News-Gazette offers a selection of events provided by area libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Detailed look at plastic: Our 'frenemy'

The very title, "Plastic Purge," scares me, because in a house with two children and two working parents, we use a lot of plastic.

Words of wisdom for middle-schoolers

If only Shakespeare's play "Henry the IV" was taught in seventh grade, junior high gossipmongers and talebearers might avoid peddling bad news. Alas, the tween-agers in Alexander Vance's novel "The Heartbreak Messenger" remain blissfully unaware of the pitfalls of meddling in other people's lives. This lack is a lucky break for his readers.

Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, July 13, 2014

By Ted Kooser/U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

No ideas but in things, said one of my favorite poets, William Carlos Williams, and here's a fine poem by Maryann Corbett of St. Paul, Minn., about turning up one small object loaded with meaning.

Finding the Lego

You find it when you're tearing up your life,

trying to make some sense of the old messes,

The informed traveler

Before taking off, check out library's guidebooks

I just returned from a vacation to Washington D.C., the Jersey shore and Annapolis, Md. It was — interesting.

C-U Haiku, July 13, 2014

Edited by LEE GURGA/For The News-Gazette

Jet streams in the sky

Slow straight steady streaks of white

Crisscross the sunset

— Terry Schamber, Sadorus

Library events, July 13-20, 2014

Each week, The News-Gazette offers a selection of events provided by area libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Discover a world of awe and magic

We experience the reality of rural 19th-century Norway in "West of the Moon" (Abrams-Amulet 2014) by Margi Preus, yet we feel immersed in a land of magic. The Norwegians are Christian but are living in a world paralleling Scandinavian folktales. Superstitions are alive and alluring — with the invisible and wicked huldrefolks lurking near cradles and under bridges.