Featured Poetry: “Lacunae” by Daniel Nadler

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Ripening spots of white starlight onto our cold blue sphere,

you made the night reflect everything

in pools of water.

 

Even the wet streets of the planet would see me reaching for

your hand

like a paddle returning to the surface of a lake.

You’ve just read an excerpt from poet Daniel Nadler’s debut collection. Entitled Lacunae: 100 Imagined Ancient Love Poems, this collection explores what exists in the unmentioned or unrecorded moments of life in an ancient world.

But what does “lacunae” mean? As defined in the Oxford English Dictionary: “In a manuscript, an inscription, the text of an author: A hiatus, blank missing portion.”

With these new poems, Nadler intends to fill invented or actual lacunae in classical Indian manuscripts. These ancient writings were documented in 3 different languages- Sanskrit, Old Tamil, and Maharastri Prakrit- but Nadler’s poems use English instead. Each of the poems is fairly short, usually around just 2 stanzas, which aligns with their purpose of being “fill-ins.” Through these musings, Nadler explores imaginative, rich depths of feeling, with hints at a bigger plot unseen.

None of these poems are titled, so the table of contents records each lacuna as its first line. For example, the poem below is recorded as “A glacier glows pink.”

A glacier glows pink

from the sun it encases

in its ice. This is what is told

about time.

For more about poet Daniel Nadler, read his enlightening interview with The Boston Review or his Poetry Foundation‘s biography.

Check out Lacunae in the library: you can view its availability here.

 

Reception for Charlotte Harris Rees

Did you know that October is American Archives month? The library is hosting a reception honoring Charlotte Harris Rees, author and archivist.

Come out to the Archives Reading Room at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 25th, on the third floor of the LOGOS to celebrate Charlotte!

Learn more about Charlotte and her work here.

Spotlight: Films On Demand

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Films On Demand is one of the library’s biggest and most entertaining resources. With over 26,000 titles, this database has everything from documentaries to feature films. It’s easy to access Films On Demand, since these videos can be streamed online from any computer or device. If you’re accessing library materials from home, be sure to enter your Union credentials to continue viewing.

Here are just a few of the many videos that Films On Demand has to offer:

Classic films:

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A Farewell to Arms (1932)

Romeo and Juliet (1954)

Anna Karenina (1948)

 

 TED Talks:

Chris Milk: The Birth of Virtual Reality as an Art Form

Joshua Prager: Wisdom From Great Writers On Every Year of Life

Laura Schulz: The Surprisingly Logical Minds of Babies

 

Documentaries:

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Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire- The Way of the Samurai

The Truth About Personality

Chopin Saved My Life

 

Whether you’re looking for source to include in your research paper, a short clip to show your class, or a fun movie to watch at home, Films On Demand has it all. Take advantage of this free, educational resource today!

 

 

Get FREE Chick-fil-A & Share Your Voice!

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Want FREE Chick-fil-A? Want to make your voice heard at Union?

Sign up for the library focus groups: http://uu.libwizard.com/focusgroup.

It’s easy, fun, and you’ll leave with a full stomach!

 

Dictionary Day – An A to Z of Wild Words

Within the vast repositories of the world’s vernacular, vagarious,  floccinaucinihilipilificatious vocabulary, possibly of the sesquipedalian variety, fankle themselves into conversations and dictionaries everywhere. These words ensorcell us in a peculiarly effable fashion. The argute and Argus-eyed may avoid the argle-bargle of the anfractuous words displayed here. However, we permit them to absquatulate whilst we relish in the fact that only a jungli hoddy-noddy would call reading this article nugacity.

(Author’s translation: Read this article, it’s full of funny words in honor of Dictionary Day.)

Absquatulate – to leave somewhere abruptly.

Borborygmus – a rumbling or gurgling noise in the intestines.

Cybersquatting – the practice of registering well-known names as Internet domain names, in the hope of reselling them at a profit.

Donkey Engine – a small auxiliary engine on a ship.

Entomophagy – the eating of insects, especially by people.

Floccinaucinihilipilification – the action or habit of estimating something as worthless (a word generally only quoted as a curiosity).

Galligaskins – a type of loose breeches worn in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Haruspex – a religious official in ancient Rome who inspected the entrails of sacrificial animals in order to foretell the future.

Incunabula – books printed before 1501.

Jumentous – resembling horse’s urine.

Kinnikinnick – a substance consisting of dried sumac leaves and willow or dogwood bark, smoked by North American Indians.

Lycanthropy – the supernatural transformation of a person into a wolf.

Merrythought – a bird’s wishbone

Noctambulist – a sleepwalker.

Otalgia – an earache.

Pneumonoul­tramicrosc­opicsilico­volcanocon­iosis – an invented term said to mean ‘a lung disease caused by inhaling very fine ash and sand dust’, but rarely used except for its curiosity value.

Quidnunc – an inquisitive, gossipy person.

Rebirthing – a form of therapy involving controlled breathing and intended to simulate the trauma of being born.

Spaghettification – the process by which (in some theories) an object would be stretched and ripped apart by gravitational forces on falling into a black hole.

Triskaidekaphobia – extreme superstition about the number thirteen.

Uroboros – a circular symbol depicting a snake (or a dragon) swallowing its tail, intended as an emblem of wholeness or infinity.

Belleity – a wish or inclination which is not strong enough to lead one to take action.

Wayzgoose – an annual summer party and outing that used to be held by a printing house for all its employees.

Xenology – the scientific study of extraterrestrial phenomena.

Yclept – by the name of.

Zol –  a South African hand-rolled cigarette.

 

Post by Ruth Duncan. Words taken from the Oxford Dictionary.

Autumn Story Time

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Are you a Union employee with a child or grandchild? Come join us for an Autumn Story Time at the library!

Fall Break Hours

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Mad Hatter Day

October 6th is Mad Hatter Day!

Did you know that the library has many different copies and formats of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland? We also have books that look deeper into the world Carroll created, in case you are interested in learning more. Celebrate Mad Hatter Day by checking out our collection! Or, if you’re not a fan of Lewis Carroll and the world of Wonderland, you can always enjoy a different take on today by wearing a crazy hat. We won’t judge.

Click on the covers and links below to see more information:

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Alice in Wonderland Print Book

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland E-Book

1949 live action adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland E-Video 

Celebrate Your Teachers!

Today is World Teachers’ Day! We’ve got a table set up where you can write thank you notes to your professors. Just come to the library’s first floor, and take some appreciation to your teachers!

World Teachers’ Day

Did you know that October 5th is World Teachers’ Day? Shower your professors with appreciation by sending them a quick note, email, or catching them after class to say “hey”. Professors and teachers work hard to make sure you are learning well, and that effort often goes unnoticed. It’s encouraging to hear from the students they teach every now and then!

Don’t have any sticky notes or pens? Forget to bring them to campus with you? Not a problem! Stop by the library on your way to class to jot down a note or two. We will have a table set up near the circulation desk on the first floor of the library all day Thursday!