A Visit from the “‘Twas the Night” Collection

‘Twas the week before Christmas, when all through our section We were ready to work on a festive collection. Many boxes of books (and this part makes it fun), Each with the same poem. You all know which one. The boxes were nestled all snug in their cart, Holding old books and rare books andContinue reading “A Visit from the “‘Twas the Night” Collection”

A Birthday Letter to John MacKay Shaw: Poet, Book Collector, Scholar, and Lover of Children

Hi Pop! Happy Birthday!! You’ll never guess what I’ve been up to since your 100th birthday. Imitating you, that’s what, or at least trying to. But there’s no way I will ever have your gift of gab, your great love of children, or your extraordinary management skills. You described your books; I’m describing your papers. ThatContinue reading “A Birthday Letter to John MacKay Shaw: Poet, Book Collector, Scholar, and Lover of Children”

Following a Mystery with One of Our Volunteers

Cathmar Prange is the daughter of John MacKay Shaw, the donor and curator for the childhood in poetry collection that bears his name in Special Collections & Archives. Every winter, Cathmar volunteers to continue organizing and curating her father’s collection and has been doing so for 18 years. She is still discovering things to thisContinue reading “Following a Mystery with One of Our Volunteers”

Remembering the Great War through Verse

It was supposed to be the war to end all wars; a war on a global scale unseen up to that point in human memory. History would change how we would remember World War I but at the time, those who lived it had never experienced anything like it. Our World War I poetry collectionContinue reading “Remembering the Great War through Verse”

Poetry in the Great War

Today is the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. To mark the occasion, we’re pleased to announce a new collection of books from the John Mackay Shaw Childhood in Poetry collection published during World War I are now available in the FSU Digital Library. These 32 books were chosen from the larger subject guideContinue reading “Poetry in the Great War”

Valentine’s Day

FEBRUARY The sun rides higher Every trip. The sidewalk shows. Icicles drip. A snowstorm comes, And cars are stuck, And ashes fly From the old town truck. The chickadees Grow plump on seed That Mother pours Where they can feed, And snipping, snipping Scissors run To cut out hearts For everyone. by John Updike inContinue reading “Valentine’s Day”

Mary Oliver’s No Voyage and Other Poems

Mary Oliver’s first collection of poems, No Voyage and Other Poems, was published in 1963, when Ms. Oliver was 28. In a month from tomorrow, a new collection of poems will be released by her publisher under the title, A Thousand Mornings. In an almost fifty-year span of publishing Ms. Oliver’s work has remained trueContinue reading “Mary Oliver’s No Voyage and Other Poems”