A Poet's Life

Mona Bethke

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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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