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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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         […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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