Bellevue Library's Commonplace Poetry Book

A crowd-sourced poetry anthology

National Poetry Month PosterA commonplace book is a traditional means of compiling and sharing knowledge in use since the Renaissance. Where as one person may keep a journal to supplement their memory, a commonplace book can serve as a collective memory for an entire community!

In honor of National Poetry Month, we are starting a Commonplace Poetry book for our patrons and community members to share their favorite poems and contribute to our own poetry anthology. Located on the third floor next to the stairwell, this commonplace book can be added to by anybody anytime in April with a favorite poem, lyric or beloved turn of phrase. Over the course of the month, we will be able to look back at what has been written and discover new and beautiful poems for ourselves.

Finally, National Poem in your Pocket Day is April 24 and we will mark the occasion by reading selections from this scrapbook intermittently over the intercom for all to enjoy.

Want to participate? Come dive right in! There is no limit to how many entries you can make and no poem is too big or too small. You can contribute anonymously or include your name as you wish.