Celebrate National Poetry Month With Me

Some of you may know that I'm late to the poetry lovefest. But hanging out with friends from Diesel Bookstore in California and Talking Leaves in Buffalo (add those two to your travel list) has educated me in understanding and appreciating this lovely art form. I try to read a poem every morning as dawn approaches. I try to understand what the poet is thinking and how I react. What does this mean to us—this approach to our lives—all messy and beautiful? Thankfully, I can subscribe to this wonderful resource from Poets.org. And you can be sure I'll be carrying a poem in my pocket on April 26.

We have plenty of verse in stock at the shop this month (and every month). A few of my staff's very favorites—from picture books to novels in verse to conventional books of poems—are listed below.

Happy reading,

 

Books: 
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Sometimes You Fly Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780547633909
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Clarion Books - April 3rd, 2018

From Newbery Medalist and bestselling author Katherine Applegate, a sweet book of encouragement, filled with humor and insight into the effort behind any meaningful accomplishment in life.


Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763680947
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick - March 14th, 2017

The 2018 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner

A Newbery Medalist and a Caldecott Honoree’s New York Times best-selling ode to poets who have sparked a sense of wonder.


Rebound (The Crossover Series) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544868137
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - April 2nd, 2018

New York Times bestseller ∙ ALA Notable Book
 
* "An eminently satisfying story of family, recovery, and growing into manhood."Kirkusstarred review

From the New York Times bestselling author Kwame Alexander comes Rebound, a dynamic novel in verse and companion to his Newbery Awa


Black Girl Magic: A Poem Cover Image
By Mahogany L. Browne, Jess X. Snow (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250173720
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - January 2nd, 2018

Black Girl, they say you ain't 'posed to be here


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For Every One Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781481486248
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - April 10th, 2018

Originally performed at the Kennedy Center for the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and later as a tribute to Walter Dean Myers, this stirring and inspirational poem is New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist Jason Reynolds’s rallying cry to the dreamers of the world.

For Every One is just that: for every one.


Envelope Poems Cover Image
By Emily Dickinson, Jen Bervin (Editor), Marta Werner (Editor)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811225823
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - October 4th, 2016


Full-color facsimiles are accompanied by Marta L. Werner and Jen Bervin's pioneering transcriptions of Dickinson's handwriting. Their transcriptions allow us to read the texts, while the facsimiles let us see exactly what Dickinson wrote (the variant words, crossings-out, dashes, directional fields, spaces, columns, and overlapping planes).


Love Poems Cover Image
By Pablo Neruda, Donald D. Walsh (Translator)
$11.95
ISBN: 9780811217293
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - January 2008

Charged with sensuality and passion, Pablo Neruda's love poems caused a scandal when published anonymously in 1952.


Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780375755194
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - September 17th, 2002

Sailing Alone Around the Room, by America’s Poet Laureate, Billy Collins, contains both new poems and a generous gathering from his earlier collections The Apple That Astonished Paris, Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, and Picnic, Lightning.


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Milk and Honey Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781449474256
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 6th, 2015

#1 New York Times bestseller Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.

The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache.


Felicity: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143128762
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Published: Penguin Books - October 3rd, 2017

Mary Oliver, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, celebrates love in her new collection of poems


Wade in the Water: Poems Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781555978136
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Graywolf Press - April 3rd, 2018

Shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize
Finalist for the Forward Prize for Best Collection

The extraordinary new poetry collection by Tracy K. Smith, the Poet Laureate of the United States

Even the men in black armor, the ones
Jangling handcuffs and keys, what else