Reviews and Blog Posts: poetry

Aloud : voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

DPL Rating:
5

This vibrant collection of poems has its roots in the spoken word movement of the early 90s, a revitilization of poetry that today may seem almost common place. Slam poetry and spoken word trips off the tongue, rocks out of the body, vibrates in your soul. These poems are meant...

Children’s Poetry: Beyond “Where the Sidewalk Ends”

Not to cast any aspersions on America’s most beloved children’s poet, but there is much more to poetry for young people than the great Shel Silverstein. April is National Poetry Month, and thus a perfect opportunity to explore the wide world of children’s poetry.

From anthologies of works by modern children’s poets to poem picture books to novels in verse, children’s poetry is a wide open and growing genre full of humorous, touching, and imaginative writing that is sure to inspire and delight any child who is exposed to it.

Teens--Celebrate National Poetry Month!

A Girl Named Mister

April is National Poetry Month! Will you celebrate by reading a poem? How about writing one? Or maybe even creating one with book spines? Celebrate words and creative expression all month!

If you need some help finding your voice and writing your own poetry, come to one of the great workshop events happening at branch locations throughout Denver this month!

One of my favorite ways to read poetry is as complete stories in novels in verse. Some of my favorites include:

Love That Dog and Hate That Cat, Sharon Creech

The New England Scene: under the radar writers doing big things

Inferno

Looking for some writers who have gathered a cult following, but may not make it onto your radar? Eileen Myles and Michelle Tea have been at the writing gig for quite some time. Tea is known as the predecessor of Myles and not simply because of their similar Boston backgrounds. They both write frank, honest, and deeply complex considerations of what it means to be female, gay, and a writer. Their upbringings give the backdrop to take ink to paper and write.

Their language picks you apart and asks you to hold up high the raw material they produce. It is no secret that female writers, especially of the obscure variety, remain that, a secret, without hitting it big in the mainstream. If you're looking for your expectations to be fulfilled, Myles and Tea aren't for you. If you're into writers moving towards a liminal space and disregarding censorship and societal norms, Myles and Tea are waiting for you.

Eileen Myles's collection of works include:

Serene and Volcanic

Pablo Neruda

"Today, I dedicate this to you, you are long like the body of Chile, delicate  like an anise flower,  and in every branch you bear witness to our indelible springtimes... you guard the sun, the earth, the violets in your slender shadow when you sleep. And in this way, every morning  you give me life."  - Pablo Neruda from the poem "Every Day, Matilde"

Such tangible and raw beauty lifts off the pages of Pablo Neruda's poetry. How such words can then take form in the mind and senses to create a world within your world. His poems allow the soul to escape to exotic places of body and earth and allows the soul to come back to the not so exotic places of home. Truly an inspiration for love and lover, the serene place of mind, and volcanic places of the heart.

Ode to Japanese Authors

Yukio Mishima

I've always been taken on an interesting journey exploring the terrain of Japanese novels.

Japanese authors offer an array of characters reaching from the subtle layers mist to an ocean of depth and current in character development, so much so the characters become imprinted into our imagination.

Some authors to read:

2011 Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced

Pulitzer Prize

Every year the Pulitzer committee grants awards in 21 different categories. This year, the Denver Post won the category of Editorial Cartooning. Read on for the winners in the Fiction, History, Biography, Poetry and General Nonfiction categories!

Fiction

History

Biography

Poet as Musician

Many musicians write lyrics, while some write pure poetry.

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a little music, try some of these poet/musicians on for size.

Leonard Cohen

Bob Dylan

Tori Amos

Bob Marley

Mos Def

got poetry?

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Today is the fourth day of poetry month, have you read anything good yet?

If you have not read any good poetry yet, may i ask what are you doing?!

Here are some recommendations with no particular theme or order:

The Consolation of Apricots by Diane Ackerman, found in I Praise My Destroyer

Gate 22C by Ellen Bass

So you want to be a writer? by Charles Bukowski

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