Archives For *Poetry*

 

A Love Beyond Religion
 
A Feature Review of
 

Rumi’s Secret: The Life of the Sufi Poet of Love
Brad Gooch.

Hardback: HarperCollins, 2017.
Buy Now: [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]
 
Reviewd by By Erin Ensinger
 
 

FIVE of our Favorite Poems by Rumi

 
Rumi has always been a miracle and a mystery to me. Like many other Americans, I first met Rumi in the dark days after 9/11, when this poet from the Muslim world made his unlikely ascent to the top of the best-seller charts. Raised in conservative circles, I ferreted his poems away from critical eyes, savoring them with all the relish of a guilty pleasure. His spiritual hunger, reckless love and tolerance of people no matter their faith or ethnicity spoke to me almost against my will.  In his new biography, Rumi’s Secret, Brad Gooch captures all of these elements that have caused some to place Rumi in Walt Whitman’s family tree. At the same time, Gooch remains true to his title, preserving an air of mystery around the divine secrets Rumi himself found expressible only through poetry, music and the whirling dance of sama.

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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

  

Exit West: A Novel

Mohsin Hamid

Read the NY Times review of this book

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This week marked the anniversary of the death of poet Paul Laurence Dunbar.

In remembrance of his life and work, here are five of our favorite poems by him…

Frederick Douglass
Paul Laurence Dunbar

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Today (Jan. 13) marks the anniversary of the death of English poet Edmund Spenser (died 1599)…

Spenser’s work, and particularly his epic poem The Fairie Queene, was deeply influential on C.S. Lewis.

 

Here are five of our favorite poems by him…

The Sovereign Beauty
Edmund Spenser

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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

  

A Radical Faith: The Assassination of Sister Maura

Eileen Markey

 

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The finalists in the running for the National Book Award were announced earlier this month…

[ See the full list of finalists ]

 

If you are like us, then there probably are a number of these books that you haven’t read yet.

So, we thought we’d give you excerpts from ten of them to give you a taste of their contents.
These excerpts feature books from all four categories


The Association of Small Bombs: A Novel

Karan Mahajan

Viking

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The Finalists in the Running for 2016 National Book Awards, were announced last week…

(I was traveling, so only getting around to posting about these now)

How many of these have you read?

Who would you pick as the winner in each category?
(We’ve marked our guess with *** )

[ Fiction ] [ NonFiction ]  [ Poetry ] [ Young People ]

 

Fiction:

 

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Mary Oliver

Tomorrow (Sept. 10) is the birthday of poet Mary Oliver.

In honor of the occasion, we offer these videos of her reading her poems…

*** Books by Mary Oliver

Five Additional Poems
Read by Mary Oliver


The Summer Day



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Sunday Aug 28 is the birthday of poet Rita Dove.

In honor of the occasion, we offer these videos of her reading her poems…


Black on a Saturday Night

 



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TODAY is the birthday of the poet
John Dryden, born 1631.

In remembrance of the poet, we offer three of our favorite poems…


On the Death
of a Very Young Gentleman


John Dryden

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