Month: June 2017

A Poet's Life

June 27, 2017 – Richard Chess

I was introduced to this poet and this book during my undergrad program at the home of one of my professors. He was quite an interesting man and very willing to engage with all of us. I enjoy his book because it focuses on Jewish subject matter. At the time he directed the Center for…
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June 26, 2017 – Leonard Cohen

There is a rather funny story behind this book. I was visiting a friend in Naples and decided to spend an afternoon at Barnes & Noble. As is the case with me, the first section I go to is poetry. I was scanning the shelves and saw this book. When I took it off the…
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June 25, 2017 – Olena Kalytiak Davis

This is another book I was assigned to read during my MFA program. I had to go through this one a couple of times because it definitely requires a slow read. I can best describe the poems as “thick” filled with so many things to take into account while reading them. I intend to tackle…
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June 24, 2017 – Ani DiFranco

I saw Ani DiFranco in concert a few years ago. She did a long spoken word piece. I fell in love. I bought her book. I read it often.   Day 23: Verses by Ani DiFranco                                 AKIMBO   what…
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June 23, 2017 – Audre Lorde

I have recently delved into the world of Aurde Lorde and am completely enamored with her work. I intend to read as much of her work as I can get my hands on. Brutal, truth, no holds barred, and she eloquently discusses death; not an easy subject to write about. For someone that shies away…
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June 22, 2017 – Esther Nilsson

This lovely book was gifted to me by a dear friend and it remains a mystery to me. I am so intrigued by her story that I took a photograph of the introduction to include in this post. I have read this book several times and have a different set of emotions each time. A…
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June 21, 2017 – Tomas Tranströmer

While perusing the shelves at a local bookstore, my eye was drawn to this book because I noticed it was a Winner of the Nobel Prize. I’m always curious about what kind of work defines a Nobel Prize Winner. I was not disappointed. The poems in this book reach into a deep place for me.…
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June 20, 2017 – Saul Williams

I’ve been a fan of Saul Williams for some time now. I purchased this book almost 20 years ago when it first came out and fell in love with what this man could do with so few lines. Since then I’ve purchased several of his books, a CD, and had the opportunity to see him…
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June 19, 2017 – Kevin Young

This lovely book is one I chose because it was selected by Lucille Clifton. It is a book that is a part of the National Poetry Series. He also has accolades a mile long, one being that he graduated from Harvard University. I am so excited to finally have access to poets of color that…
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June 18, 2017 – Al Young

I came across this book purely by accident and had no knowledge of who the poet is. As I perused the book, I found a refreshingly lyrical and down to earth kind of poetry. It wasn’t until after I began reading the book that I did some research on the author and was amazed at…
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