National Poetry Month

Posted on April 1, 2016. Filed under: Event, Nonfiction | Tags: , |

9781603574174_p0_v1_s192x300April is National Poetry Month. To celebrate, the library is having Gail Bush, editor of Indivisible: Poems for Social Justice come and share stories about the creation and publishing process of this remarkable anthology on Monday, April 11th, 12:3o-1:30 p.m. in room P103 at the Skokie Campus. This book includes over 50 works of poetry by 20th century writers on issues related to social justice, including racism, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, disability, body image, and more.

In addition, the library recently acquired several books of poetry. Why not give one a try?

9780399252518_p0_v7_s192x300Brown Girl Dreaming
by Jacqueline Woodson

“Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement.

Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9781555976330_p0_v1_s192x300The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands: Poems
by Nick Flynn

“What begins as a meditation on love and the body but soon breaks down into a collage of voices culled from media reports, childhood memories, testimonies from Abu Ghraib detainees, passages from documentary films, overheard conversations, and scraps of poems and song, only to reassemble with a gathering sonic force. It’s as if all the noise that fills our days were a storm, yet at the center is a quiet place, but to get there you must first pass through the storm, with eyes wide open, singing.

Each poem becomes a hallucinatory, shifting experience, through jump cut, lyric persuasion, and deadpan utterance. This is an emotional, resilient response to some of the essential issues of our day by Nick Flynn, one of America’s riskiest and most innovative writers” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9780972348713_p0_v2_s192x300Given: Poems
by Arielle Greenberg

“Tight phrasing and a gorgeous, wild precision of images make Greenberg’s writing, in her first collection, and ongoing recognition of the mystery of subjectivity as shared disaster and continuous erratic, communal regeneration.

Opening the possibilities for poetry, Given also enriches our sense of the depth of the event and enlarges our idea of community, restoring our sense of wonder: ‘What everyone is doing in this room while they sit quietly is a secret more beautiful to me than any speaker.’ Something astonishing and wonderful is happening in this verse” (back cover).

9781556592768_p0_v1_s192x300Human Dark with Sugar
by Brenda Shaughnessy

“Brenda Shaughnessy’s poems bristle with imperatives: ‘confuse me, spoon-feed me, stop the madness, decide.’ There are more direct orders in her first few pages than in six weeks of boot camp…Only Shaughnessy’s kidding. Or she is and she isn’t. If you just want to boss people around, you’re a control freak, but if you can joke about it, then your bossiness is leavened by a yeast that’s all too infrequent in contemporary poetry, that of humor” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9780061685194_p0_v2_s192x300My Index of Slightly Horrifying Knowledge
by Paul Guest

“At the age of twelve, Paul Guest suffered a bicycle accident that left him paralyzed for life. But out of sudden disaster evolved a fierce poetic sensibility—one that blossomed into a refuge for all the grief, fury, and wonder at life forever altered. Although its legacy lies in tragedy, the voice of these brilliant poems cuts a broad swath of emotions: whether he is lamenting the potentiality of physical experience or imagining the electric temptations of sexuality, Guest offers us a worldview that is unshakable in its humanity” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

by Clay Matthews

Superfecta examines our relation to time and memory with surprising energy and consistent empathy. The tension between systems and chance connect the collections’ poems, balanced as they are between the abstractions of symbol and the immediacy of language.

For Matthews, there is a thin line dividing the body’s physicality and the wonder of the mind, where ‘The cartography of a rat is the same for all species/ in that it is always a map of the unknown.’ Matthews writes about our desire to identify mythos in everyday experience, and celebrates when it is discovered amid our anxious and uncertain place in history” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

by Latasha N. Nevada Diggs

Twerk unveils an identity shaped by popular media and history, code switching and cultural inclusivity. The poems, songs, and myths in this long-awaited first book are as rooted in lyric as in innovation, in Black music as in macaronic satire.

Twerk evokes paradox, humor, and vulnerability, and it offers myriad avenues fueled by language, idiom, and vernacular. This book asks only that we imagine America as it has always existed, an Americana beyond the English language” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

-posted by Gretchen Schneider


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