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Posted on: March 19, 2019

Poems Wanted for 19th Annual Poetry Wall at the Marshall Public Library

Area poets have a chance to become part of the Marshall Public Library’s collection. 

In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, the library will be putting up its annual Poetry Wall. Former librarian Joan Juskie created the Poetry Wall in 2001 and it allows authors to have their works publicly displayed. Once the wall is taken down, the featured poems become part of the Marshall Public Library’s collection. 

“We’re collecting all kinds of poetry from all ages and levels of writing experience,” said Amy Campbell, Public Services Supervisor. “The only requirement is that it is original.”

New for this year, the public is invited to try their hand at black out poetry. Would-be poets take an existing text and black out the words they do not want to use, leaving the readable portion as their poem. 

“Black out poetry can be a bit easier to write because the words you have to work with are already there for you,” said Kath Ann Hendricks, Young Adult Librarian. “At the same time, you are able to make something unique from another author’s work.”

The wall will also feature a magnetic word board that will allow patrons to select words to write their poem. Black out poetry and the magnetic word board can be found in the young adult section of the library. 

Poets can submit their entries for the Poetry Wall online here. They can also be hand-delivered to the library, submitted via email to, or mailed to the Marshall Public Library c/o Amy Campbell, 113 South Garfield Avenue, Pocatello, Idaho 83204. All poems that are submitted become property of the Marshall Public Library. 

More on all the programs and services found at the Marshall Public Library can be found at or by liking the library’s Facebook page at

The Marshall Public Library is accessible to persons with disabilities. Program access accommodations may be provided with three (3) days’ advance notice by contacting Skyler Beebe at; 208.234.6248; or 5815 South 5th Avenue, Pocatello, ID.

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