Author: Mona B.

A Poet's Life

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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June 17, 2017 – Ocean Vuong

This book is a nice little gem I found in a used bookstore called Haslam’s in St. Petersburg, Florida. I was not al all familiar with this poet but wanted to venture into books written by people raised in other cultures. His words are sparse, lyrical, deep and intense, light and airy, it’s really a wonderful…
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June 16, 2017 – Anne Sexton

I actually became a fan of Anne Sexton right around the time I was falling into Sylvia Plath’s poetry. The first book of Sexton’s I got my hands on this book, a winner of the Pulitzer Prize. I’ve read this book off and on over the years and I am inspired differently each time. I…
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June 15, 2017 – Nayyirah Waheed

This book, was gifted to me several years ago and I never got around to reading it. I picked it up today, its stark, white, plain cover with just four letters followed by a period in the bottom right corner calling out to me. Most of the poems are very short and some are even…
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June 14, 2017 – James Baldwin

I’ve been on a kick lately reading Baldwin’s work. It never ceases to amaze me how much I have grown through the works I have been reading over the last two-and-a-half years. I get a smile on my face realizing how important it is as a poet to read as many other poets as possible.…
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June 13, 2017 – Denis Johnson

I recently discovered that the wonderful author Denis Johnson was also a poet. After he passed away a few weeks ago, I did some research on his works. I came across a book with his collected works of poems. It came in the mail yesterday and as I was perusing through it, I realized I…
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June 12, 2017 – Jamaal May

I could go on and on about Jamaal, but I’d rather use his own words so you can decide for yourself how amazing he is! I met Jamaal during my MFA Program and had the opportunity to chat extensively with him about his poetic journey. It was truly fascinating. One of the requirements for my…
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June 11, 2017 – Terrance Hayes

After reading Terrance Hayes first book of poetry I was hooked. I have since purchased all of his work and revel in the beauty of his craft. He has created new forms of poetry which greatly intrigues me because they are now forever like, sonnets, tankas, villanelles, etc. He created the Golden Shovel which is…
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June 10, 2017 – Kim Addonizio

Yet another poet whose works I was introduced to in my MFA Program. The best way I can describe Addonizio’s poetry is, vivid. Every poem takes me to the place whether emotional, physical, psychological, or spiritual that is described. It was difficult to choose just one to highlight. I loved this entire book and have…
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June 9, 2017 – Theodore Roethke

This collection of poems (200) shows the wide variety of form and subject matter that comprise a wide range of Roethke’s work. When I read his poetry my mind goes into this lyrical place. There is a profound sense of listening to music when reading his work   Day 8: The Collected Poems of Theodore…
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