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A Poet's Life

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 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 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 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 7, 2017 – Alice Walker

I was perusing through Haslam’s Book Store one Saturday afternoon, and as is the case, beelined right to the poetry section. First I glance through the new book section for specific titles, then I go to the used books section and take my time to look at every single book. It’s where I often find…
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June 5, 2017 – Evie Shockley

I discovered Evie Shockley during my MFA at UT and love her poetry. There is a myriad of subject matter in this book and each piece creates a wonderful surprise! Some of the poems are dedicated to people that clearly had an impact on the author’s life. The poem I chose to share is one…
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May 7, 2017 – Terrance Hayes/About Form

The first book I read by Terrance Hayes was Lighthead. One of the first things I noticed was that he used form, but in a different way than old school poets. He created the Golden Shovel form and applied it to a poem by Gwendolyn Brooks. The format is as follows: The last words of each…
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