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Cope Invisible Keys Poetry Event on GRCC’s YouTube

If you missed David Cope’s Poetry Reading  Invisible Keys: New and Selected Poems,. it is now available in streaming video on GRCC’s YouTube Channel!  Thank you Media  Technologies!

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The Invisible Keys Cope Reading Follow-up

Poet David Cope.

Poet David Cope.

Last night’s Post-Beat Poet David Cope Poetry Reading and Book Signing event in the LLC was enjoyed by all attendees!   David shared a variety of poems written on life topics including: the Vietnam War; growing up and family life; love; sustaining friendships; being a janitor; the joy of choosing just the right word; and much more. Thanks to Maryann Lesert for her introduction of David’s career and works, and for sharing portions of her Rapidian review of his recently-published book,  The Invisible Keys.  Students, staff, faculty, Golden Raiders, and members of the community attended. We’ll post the streaming video as soon as it is closed-captioned. This event was sponsored by the Library & Learning Commons and the English Department.

Cope archival display

Archival display of Cope’s Career was created by Mike Klawitter.

Poet Cope signed Invisible Keys for eager readers.

Poet Cope signed Invisible Keys for eager readers.

Cope reading to attendees.

Cope reading to attendees.

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Cope Poetry Reading Tomorrow Night! April 12

David Cope Poetry Reading PosterJoin other poetry lovers – and celebrate National Poetry Month – when you attend tomorrow night’s poetry reading and book signing. Post-Beat poet and Grand Rapids Poet Laureate Emeritus, David Cope, will read from his newest book, The Invisible Keys, New and Selected Poems, as well as from poems that span his career. A long-time GRCC English professor, Cope sparked the poetic imaginations of many of his student and served as editor of Grand Rapids Community College Display Magazine for many years. Copies of Cope’s book published by Ghost Pony Press will be available for sale at $16.

  • 7:00 PM, Thursday, April 12.
  • LRC Library & Learning Commons 2nd Floor | 140 Ransom Ave. NE, GR, 49503 | Building #10 on the campus map).
  • Open to the public. | Refreshments | Public parking available in the Bostwick Parking Ramp. (# 8 on the campus map).

See our Poetry Subject Guide!

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David Cope Poetry Reading Planned April 12

David Cope Poetry Reading Poster

Mark your calendar for 7:00 PM, Thursday, April 12. Post-Beat poet and Grand Rapids Poet Laureate Emeritus, David Cope, will read from his newest book, The Invisible Keys, New and Selected Poems, as well as from poems that span his bardic career.

The poetry reading will take place on the 2nd floor of Grand Rapids Community College’s  Library & Learning Commons. (140 Ransom Ave. NE, GR, 49503 – building #10 on the campus map).

A long-time GRCC English professor, Cope sparked the poetic imaginations of many of his students. Cope also served as editor of Grand Rapids Community College Display Magazine for many years. Copies of Cope’s book published by Ghost Pony Press will be available for sale at $16.

Open to the public. | Refreshments | Public parking available in the Bostwick Parking Ramp. (# 8 on the campus map).

See our Poetry Subject Guide!David Cope Poetry Reading poster

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Muslim Journeys Bookshelf: Points of View

By Janelle Yahne
Circulation Associate

On November 21, (today!) from 7:00 – 9:00 pm,  the library is  presenting a reading and talk by Saladin Ahmed, “Writing Muslim American Fantasy.”  The event is open to the public and is free. Parking is available at the Bostwick (Main) Ramp. Ahmed is an amazing fiction author and poet from Detroit whose writing has been nominated for the Hugo and Nebula awards. In honor of this exciting evening, each week until the event we will be showcasing a theme from Muslim Journeys Bookshelf as we move closer to this special event at the library.

Muslim Journeys Points View

This week we are showcasing Points of View. To learn more about Muslim Journey Bookshelf, check out our SubjectGuide.

From Muslim Journeys Bookshelf: Points of View
Developed by Deborah Amos, international correspondent, National Public Radio.

The drama of conflict, chaos, and war come to Western readers in daily newspaper stories, but the news gives us scant details about how people live their lives in Islamabad, Fez, Cairo, or Tehran. Through the titles in “Points of View,” readers will encounter individual experiences in Muslim-majority societies through memoirs and novels representing a diverse geography and some of the best contemporary storytelling.

Understanding and examining Islamic culture through memoirs and fictional works can bring a new awareness of our shared values and difficulties, as well as our shared successes. Islam as a religion often fits into these stories’ plots in the way that a local church community might play a role in an American work of fiction.

The novel is a relatively recent addition to the literary tradition of the Arab and Islamic worlds. Poetry, an ancient art, is much more revered—as are other modes of storytelling, some of which we explore in “Literary Reflections.” Still, the novel produced the first Muslim winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, 1988 honoree Nagib Mafouz of Egypt, and in more recent decades a legion of writers producing imaginative works that are accessible and illuminating, and that have become familiar to readers worldwide.

“Cairo writes, Beirut publishes, Baghdad reads” is an old Arabic saying that reflects an earlier literary culture before it was threatened by fundamentalism and all but extinguished by repressive governments. Recently, courageous writers have been exercising atrophied literary muscles again by taking on taboo topics of oppression, corruption, inequality, and women’s rights in a creative variety of narrative formats.

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