poetry

Thursday, Jan 11, 2018

The Readers Advisory committee is pleased to announce that Lisa Allen has won our Ain't It the Truth writing contest in the open category for her poem "Adoration." With precise yet smoldering language, Allen's narrator carefully unravels the "secret histories" of the women who raised her--what remains hidden beneath the facades they were forced to adopt to survive.

This is the cover for the book, Devotions, by Mary Oliver

Devotions

Mary Oliver
5
Rated by
Hannah Jane C.
Sunday, Dec 10, 2017

This is a superb collection of Mary Oliver's poetry. I believe there is a poem for every person in this volume. Interestingly, from Oliver's books I like least (Thirst and Felicity, for example), the chosen poems for this collection are strong and really resonate with me. I plan on reading those collections again, thanks to Devotions. On the flip side, my favorite books by Mar

Torn pieces of paper with the words "every last word" written on them

Every Last Word

Tamara Ireland Stone
4
Rated by
Jackie S.
Saturday, Dec 9, 2017

Sam has been living with Purely-Obsessional OCD, but only her family and therapist know about it. Even her closest friends have no idea. She doesn’t feel like she can open up to the popular girls she has associated with her whole life, but she also fears leaving the group and being ostracized. So she just tries to hide her obsessions.

White cover, with small yellow cut-out flowers.

The Sun and Her Flowers

Rupi Kaur
2
Rated by
Emma F.
Friday, Dec 8, 2017

As the follow up to Milk and Honey, I had low expectations for Rupi Kaur's second book, The Sun and Her Flowers. Having existed in the poetry community, I am familiar with the conflicting opinions about Kaur and her poetry. "Too simple," some say. "Fake deep," others say, rolling their eyes. Parodies sprung up across the internet, poking fun at Kaur's short, loaded style.

Paterson

Paterson (DVD)

Jim Jarmusch
5
Rated by
Sheida B.
Tuesday, Sep 26, 2017

Paterson is a quiet, beautiful love story. It depicts a week in the life of a bus driver named Paterson (Adam Driver) and his wife, Laura (Golshifteh Farahani). They live in the town of Paterson, New Jersey, which William Carlos Williams immortalized in his poetry. In his spare time, our Paterson writes poetry, mostly love poems about his wife. He writes down his poems wherever he can: in a small cupboard in the basement, in the bus before he starts work.

This is a picture of Kayla Wiltfong

Build a Better World Writing Contest Winner

Kayla Wiltfong
5
Rated by
Amy F.
Monday, Jun 12, 2017

The Readers Advisory Committee is pleased to announce that Kayla Wiltfong has won our Build a Better World poetry contest. We enjoy Politics for both Wiltfong’s skill and confidence. She employs double-meanings to great effect, referencing multiple news items seen and heard in both social and mainstream media. On the surface, it’s a very short and simple poem, that evolves with each reading and teases our understanding. It’s clever in its aphoristic, tweet-like form, and addresses the theme of Build a Better World in an interesting way.

Risking Everything

Risking Everything: 110 Poems of Love and Revelation

edited by Roger Housden
4
Rated by
Helen H.
Monday, Mar 20, 2017

For a poetry newbie, Risking Everything: 110 Poems of Love and Revelation is a nice introduction to the greats, both contemporary and historical. Hildegard of Bingen, who died in the 1100s, is included, yet so are poets like Billy Collins and Marie Howe who are alive and well.

My favorite, I think, is "So Much Happiness" by Naomi Shihab Nye, which begins,

Showtime at the Ministry of Lost Causes

Showtime at the Ministry of Lost Causes

Cheryl Dumesnil
4
Rated by
Hannah Jane C.
Friday, Mar 10, 2017

The title of Cheryl Dumesnil's latest collection, Showtime at the Ministry of Lost Causes, is like an irresistible flashing light, letting readers know that there's dark humor to be found inside. And yes, her poems twinkle with dark humor, but they are also candidly soulful, colorful and even sweetly sexy at times. Her poem, The Gospel According to Sky, explores cloud shapes, and how "the immutable blue holds those changing shapes, like a lover who's finally learned how

https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/471801036_ten_poems_to_set_you_free

Ten Poems to Set You Free

Roger Housden
5
Rated by
Helen H.
Thursday, Dec 29, 2016

I picked up

Black and White Book Cover

Forever Words: The Unknown Poems

Johnny Cash
4
Rated by
LeeAnn B.
Friday, Dec 16, 2016

In his introduction to Forever Words, Paul Muldoon says, “So ingrained in our collective unconscious is the voice of Johnny Cash that we can all but hear the boom-chicka boom-chicka of his guitar accompaniment, at once reassuring and disquieting in its very familiarity.” That was absolutely true for me as I was reading through this collection.

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