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Create a memory jar for the New Year

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Even if New Year’s resolutions aren’t your thing, you can start off the year in a positive way and begin building toward an awesome start in 2019.

The library will be providing the supplies to create a New Year’s Memory Jar. You write down special things that happen and keep them in the jar so that at the end of the year, you’ll be able to look back on all of the great things that happened. This program is for ages 6 and up, teens and adults.

For more information, you can contact the library by calling 575-622-7101, visiting us at 301 N. Pennsylvania Ave. or the website at roswell-nm.gov/405/Roswell-Public-Library.

Book Talk by Colette Speer
Reference Librarian

Poetry allows readers into the unique world of its writers and speakers — a world that’s often researched, felt, and understood by the poet and then conveyed in ways that give access to worlds we haven’t inhabited and to experiences with which, as human beings, we still might be able to relate. When many of us think of poetry, we think of big names and poets long gone: William Shakespeare, Dylan Thomas, Emily Dickinson and others we encountered in school.

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But contemporary poetry also affords us the unique chance to see how a poet sings about the world today. If you visit the contemporary poetry section of the Roswell Public Library, you will find some impressive recent collections worth exploring that relate to individuals who have lived at the border of this country and Mexico.

Originally from El Paso, Texas, Ray Gonzalez is a poet, writer and professor at the University of Minnesota. In his poetry collection “Cabato Sentora,” Gonzalez explores the history of family and ancestors through mythology, art and spirituality; the powerful poems are grounded in a reality that touches on lives lived at the border. In his poem, “The Angels of Juárez, Mexico,” he writes:

Sometimes, they save people
from drowning in the river.
Their faces are the color of the water, wings soaked in the oil of crossing
keeping them from leaving the border.
The oldest angel is a man from the last century whose white hair
hangs to the ground.
He floats above the water each time he saves a mojado who tries to
cross in the raft, falling into the
current to be somebody.”

Luis Alberto Urrea is another poet whose work is represented at the library. Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and American mother, Urrea writes, according to his own bio, “about dual-culture life experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss and triumph.” Luis Alberto Urrea’s “The Tijuana Book of the Dead” mixes myth and gritty realism of history, and his poems are enlivened with speakers within them.

Collections like Urrea’s and Gonzalez’s highlight particular individuals’ experience of life at the border between the United States and Mexico, and offer us a way to expand an understanding of lives lived there through their lyricism (in both Spanish and English), image and narrative.