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The Subject was Poetry

I speak the password primeval . . . . I give the sign of democracy; By God! I will accept nothing which all cannot have their counterpart of on the same terms. Walt Whitman from Leaves of Grass

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Sandra Carreon Griffin

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Please check the SAPL events calendar for details regarding these programs at


Book Spine Poetry! | April 1 - April 30  | Forest Hills 

PoeTree! | April 1 - April 30 | Semmes 

How do you Haiku? | April 1 - April 30 | Westfall

Alamo Area Poets Open Mike Session | April 1 at 2 pm | Landa

Bryce Milligan, Notable Writers Book Award Presentation and Poetry Reading | April 3 at 6:30 pm | Central

Poe Poetry & Pancakes for Teens | April 4 at 4 pm | Cody 

Poetry Time @ Teen Time | April 4 at 6 pm | Parman

DOesday Nights: Blackout Poetry | April 4 at 6 pm | Potranco

Poetry Beads | April 4 at 6 pm | Potranco

Blackout Poetry @ Teen Time | April 6 at 3:30 pm | Tobin at Oakwell

Poetry Month Family Fun | April 6 at 6 pm | Cody

Poetry with Antoinette Franklin | April 8 at 2 pm | Carver

Movie in the Meeting Room @ Teen Time |April 13 at 3:30 pm | Tobin at Oakwell

Poetry Transforms the Ordinary with Linda Simone | April 17 at 6 pm | Encino 

Poe Poetry & Pancakes Teen Writer's Guild | April 17 at 6:30 pm | Great Northwest

Voices De La Luna Poetry and Arts Meeting | April 18 at 6 pm | Tobin at Oakwell

Canvas Word Art Teen Time | April 20 at 3:30 pm | Tobin at Oakwell

Open Mic for the Public | April 22 at 2 pm | Pan American

 National Poetry Month Open Mic | April 23 at 2 pm | Memorial 

Writing Poetry with Haikubes | April 23 at 3 pm | Central

Mis Cuatro Amores | April 29 at 2 pm| Collins Garden 

Writing Poetry Books @ SAPL

Introduction to Poetry

Billy Collins

We Real Cool

by Gwendolyn Brooks

The poet herself is the first speaker. The second speaker is the actor Morgan Freeman.

Reading Poetry @ SAPL

Naomi Shihab Nye and National Poetry Month

Juan Felipe Herrera and National Poetry Month

And Death Shall Have No Dominion

Dylan Thomas' poem And Death Shall Have no Dominion was used throughout the film Solaris by Director Steven Soderbergh. The movie is highly recommended.  The soundtrack for the movie by Cliff Martinez is also highly recommended.  Listen here.

Thomas' poem is noted for its metaphysical sentiment that death shall never triumph over life or love. Read the poem in its entirety here.