Archives For *Poetry*

 

This new, satirical book composes poems out of phrases that Donald Trump has said:
 

The Beautiful Poetry of Donald Trump (Strictly Unauthorised)
Created by Rob Sears

Hardback: Canongate, 2017
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Sometimes humor (as in the way that these poems juxtapose Donald Trump’s words) can unmask the sheer absurdity of what is being said.
 

Here are four sample poems from this collection…
(Warning: some of these contain vulgar language)

Good Genes:




 
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Today is the birthday of Krista Tippett, the renowned host of public radio’s On Being!

We are big fans of On being, and in honor of the occasion, we offer our list of the Top 10 episodes of the show…

Featuring John Lewis, Mary Oliver, Wendell Berry, David Brooks, and MORE

 

Krista Tippett’s Newest Book is:
Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living

 

Hope you enjoy these recordings!

#10 – Padraig O’ Tuama
Belonging Creates and Undoes Us Both

*** Padraig O’ Tuama’s book
In the Shelter

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TODAY is the birthday of the poet
Anne Sexton, born 1928.

In remembrance of the poet, we offer three recordings of her reading poems…


Gods
Anne Sexton

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This week marked the birthday of poet Arthur Rimbaud (b. 20 October 1854).

In remembrance of his life and work, here are four superb poems by him…

The Sleeper of the Valley
Arthur Rimbaud

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The Topography of Cancer
 
 A Review of 
 

The Absolute, Relatively Inaccessible
Walter Wangerin Jr.

Paperback: Cascade Books, 2017
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Review by Cynthia Beach

 

He is the type to excavate words long buried beneath century-old grit and neglect—important words, vital words like scop, the word he once handed me that was important enough to shape only my entire life purpose. Scop, the one in ancient Greece who crossed the battlefield and recorded its story. The one who shaped, the one who told the story.

This weathered scop, Walter Wangerin Jr, known for Miz Lil, The Book of the Dun Cow and other marrow-of-the-bone works, has written again. The battlefield he’s crossing has been the field of prolonged cancer and pain and impending death.

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The Short Lists of Finalists in the Running for 2017 National Book Awards, were announced today…

 

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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We reviewed this excellent new collection of poems in our fall magazine issue… 
 

Phases: Poems 
Mischa Willett

Paperback: Cascade Books, 2017.
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Listen to the poet reading “Ocean of Storms,” the first section of poems from this new collection:
 
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Today (Aug. 31) marks the birthday of poet Christian Wiman…

 *** Read our interview with the poet

In honor of the occasion, we offer a series of video clips of Wiman reading his poems…

*** Books by Christian Wiman

Rust:

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Turning to
Contemporary Christian Poetry

A Review of

The Turning Aside:
The Kingdom Poets Book of Contemporary Christian Poetry
D. S. Martin, Ed.

Paperback: Cascade, 2016.
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Reviewed by Brent Newsom

 

Since 2010, poet and editor D. S. Martin has curated Kingdom Poets, a weekly blog introducing readers to “poets of the Christian faith, regardless of background.” The range of poets presented in that span is vast and impressive, from the Anglo-Saxon poet Caedmon to numerous living writers from across the globe. In addition, since 2012 Martin has done readers and writers of Christian poetry a great service by developing the Poiema Poetry Series, an imprint from Wipf and Stock Publishers that champions contemporary poets of Christian faith.

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Introductory Guide to the Poems of
Mary Oliver
With Sample Poems

Compiled by Madeline Cramer

 

American Primitive: Poems

While she published her first book of poetry at 28 in 1963 while living in the former home of the late poet Edna St. Vincent Millay (a primary influence on her work), it was her fourth book, American Primitive that received the Pultizer Prize for poetry in 1983.
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