Poetry for National Poetry Month

Posted on April 1, 2013. Filed under: Fiction | Tags: , , , , , |

April is National Poetry Month, which celebrates poetry and poets and their impact on American society. Join us in celebrating this month by checking out some of the great new poetry books at Oakton Community College Library.

book cover for Eyes, StonesEyes, Stones: Poems
by Elana Bell

“In this debut collection, “Eyes, Stones,” Elana Bell brings her heritage as the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors to consider the difficult question of the Israeli Palestinian conflict.The poems invoke characters inexorably linked to the land of Israel and Palestine. There is Zosha, a sharp-witted survivor whose burning hope for a Jewish homeland helps her endure the atrocities of the Holocaust. And there is Amal, a Palestinian whose family has worked their land for over one hundred years-through Turkish, British, Jordanian, and now Israeli rule. Other poems-inspired by interviews conducted by the poet in Israel, the Palestinian territories, and America-examine Jewish and Arab relationships to the land as biblical home, Zionist dream, modern state, and occupied territory” (enriched content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for Forget-Me-NotsForget-Me-Nots : Poems To Learn By Heart
selected by Mary Ann Hobermann
illustrated by Michael Emberley

“From the creators of the bestselling You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You series comes this new collection of poems especially suitable for learning by heart and saying aloud. With personal introductions by former Children’s Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman – as well as her own time-tested tips and tools for memorization and recitation- and vivid illustrations by Michael Emberley featuring his trademark wit and lively characters, Forget-Me-Nots includes more than 120 works from both classic and contemporary poets, from childhood favorites to lesser-known treasures” (enriched content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for Life on MarsLife on Mars : Poems
by Tracy K. Smith

“With allusions to David Bowie and interplanetary travel, Life on Mars imagines a soundtrack for the universe to accompany the discoveries, failures, and oddities of human existence. In these brilliant new poems, Tracy K. Smith envisions a sci-fi future sucked clean of any real dangers, contemplates the dark matter that keeps people both close and distant, and revisits the kitschy concepts like “love” and “illness” now relegated to the Museum of Obsolescence. These poems reveal the realities of life lived here, on the ground, where a daughter is imprisoned in the basement by her own father, where celebrities and pop stars walk among us, and where the poet herself loses her father, one of the engineers who worked on the Hubble Space Telescope. With this remarkable third collection, Smith establishes herself among the best poets of her generation” (enriched content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for News of the WorldNews of the World : Poems
by Philip Levine

“A volume of prose poems and formal verses, includes pieces on breakfasting late-shift Detroit auto workers, a woman who sings with the Spanish dawn, and an Andorran communist black-market supplier” (enriched content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for What Is AmazingWhat Is Amazing
by Heather Christle

“Inspired by a voracious curiosity about humans and other subjects, the poems in Heather Christle’s What Is Amazing describe and invent worlds in an attempt to understand through participation. The book draws upon the wisdom of foolishness and the logic of glee, while simultaneously exploring the suffering inherent to embodied consciousness. Speakers play out moments of bravado and fear, love and mortality, disappointment and desire. They socialize incorrigibly with lakes, lovers, fire, and readers, reasoning their way to unreasonable conclusions. These poems try to understand how it is that we come to recognize and differentiate objects and beings, how wholly each is attached to its name, and which space reveals them. What Is Amazing delights in fully inhabiting its varied forms and voices, singing worlds that often coincide with our own” (enriched content provided by Syndetics).

-posted by Gretchen Schneider

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