Poetry doc at Rockland library

Mar 21, 2013
Participants in a Chicago-area high school poetry slam present the gang ballad "Counting Graves" in the documentary "Louder Than a Bomb."

Rockland — As part of Rockland Public Library’s Poetry Month Rockland celebration, there will be a screening and discussion of the documentary “Louder Than a Bomb” Thursday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the Friends Community Room of the library, 80 Union St. Ben Blackmon will lead the post-film discussion.

“Louder Than a Bomb” tells the story of four Chicago high school poetry teams as they prepare to compete in the world's largest youth poetry slam, from which the film gets its name. By turns hopeful and heartbreaking, the film captures the turbulent lives of these unforgettable kids, exploring the ways writing shapes their world and vice versa. Winner of 11 film festival prizes, including seven audience awards, Roger Ebert named “Louder Than a Bomb” one of the ten best documentaries of 2011.

Special accommodations for persons with disabilities can be made with 48 hours notice by calling the library at 594-0310. Admission is free.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Carol W Bachofner | Mar 27, 2013 10:04

Visit the library website for other events, including The Poet Is In, a new feature of poetry month this year. Carol Bachofner, Rockland Poet Laureate will hold "office hours" in the Teen Scene room each Monday in April (except for the 15th, Patriots Day, when the library is closed. Come and ask a poetry-related question, bring poems you have written for her to look at, or just have a conversation about poetry.


There are fireside readings each Wednesday, the first and 3rd are at noon, the 2nd and 4th are at 3PM. HIgh school students will read on April 10th at 3. Native American poetry will be read on the 24th.


There is a mini-workshop on April 3rd, "How a Poem is Made;" come learn what goes into making a poem.

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