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.
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.$16.99ISBN: 9780763680947Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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.$16.99ISBN: 9780544868137Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: HMH Books for Young Readers - April 2nd, 2018New York Times bestseller ∙ ALA Notable Book
* "An eminently satisfying story of family, recovery, and growing into manhood."—Kirkus, starred review
From the New York Times bestselling author Kwame Alexander comes Rebound, a dynamic novel in verse and companion to his Newbery Awa$16.99ISBN: 9781250173720Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Roaring Brook Press - January 2nd, 2018
Black Girl, they say you ain't 'posed to be here$15.99ISBN: 9781481486248Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - April 10th, 2018
“A lyrical masterpiece.” —School Library Journal (starred review)
Originally performed at the Kennedy Center for the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr.$14.95ISBN: 9780811225823Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: New Directions - October 4th, 2016
Another gorgeous copublication with the Christine Burgin Gallery, Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems is a compact clothbound gift book, a full-color selection from The Gorgeous Nothings.$11.95ISBN: 9780811217293Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: New Directions - January 17th, 2008
Sensual, earthy love poems that formed the basis for the popular movie Il Postino, now in a beautiful gift book perfect for weddings, Valentine's Day, anniversaries, or just to say "I love you!"$17.00ISBN: 9780375755194Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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.$14.99ISBN: 9781449474256Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 6th, 2015
“Rupi Kaur is the Writer of the Decade.” – The New Republic
#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.$16.00ISBN: 9780143128762Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Penguin Books - October 3rd, 2017
Mary Oliver, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, celebrates love in her new collection of poems$24.00ISBN: 9781555978136Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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
Are they so buffered against, if not love’s blade