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Route 1 Reads: Poetry (2021)

Take a literary tour of US Route 1 from Maine to Florida including a short detour into Delaware. Browse the titles below or check with the Reference Librarian at your Delaware Public Library.

Route 1 Reads in the Delaware Library Catalog

The Poetry selections on the 2021 Route 1 Reads reading list represent the great Poetry traditions from each of our states. History, homage, reflection, and revolution are distilled down to stanzas, couplets, lines, words.

Whether readers are at home or on the road this summer, we hope that this list of must-read books will keep everyone turning pages until Labor Day. The full list of featured books is listed here, in geographical order from North to South:

MAINE

NEW HAMPSHIRE

MASSACHUSETTS

RHODE ISLAND

CONNECTICUT

NEW YORK

PENNSYLVANIA

NEW JERSEY

DELAWARE

MARYLAND

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

VIRGINIA

NORTH CAROLINA

SOUTH CAROLINA

GEORGIA

FLORIDA

Delaware Center for the Book

The Delaware Center for the Book, established in 2003, is a state affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Today, there is a State Center for the Book in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These Center for the Book affiliates carry out the national Center's mission in their local areas, sponsor programs that highlight their area's literary heritage and call attention to the importance of books, reading, literacy and libraries.

Route 1 Reads

The State Centers for the Book linked by US Route 1, which extends from Fort Kent, Maine, to Key West, Florida, are joining together to promote books that illuminate important aspects of their states/commonwealths for readers traveling this major and meandering highway.

The Delaware Center for the Book asks readers to take a short detour into Delaware on their way from Pennsylvania into Maryland and discover the poetry of the Twin Poets, the Delaware Poets Laureate.

"Monday Mornings"

Written & Performed By: Al Mills and Nnamdi Chukwuocha

Dreams are Illegal in the Ghetto

Route 1 Reads (800s)