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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 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 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 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 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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