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Words That Propel Us Forward

A Review of

Poetry Will Save Your Life: A Memoir
Jill Bialosky

Hardcover: Atria Books, 2017
 
Buy Now: [Amazon ] [ Kindle ]

Reviewed by Jenn Moland-Kovash
 
 

The author of this book has come under fire
on accusations of plagiarism. She has refuted these charges,
and been backed by many of her writer colleagues.
Despite these charges, this book is one that merits our attention.

 

The first thing you need to know about Poetry Will Save Your Life Buy it in print. Buy the hardcover edition. This is a book you’ll want to hold. Keep the dust jacket on as you read it: the jacket has a fine texture to it, the finest of fine grits of sandpaper. And once you open the cover, you’ll find a marbled green and gold paper lining the front and back. Is it supposed to evoke topography, the ranges of life? Or an art project from youth? Or do the glimmers of gold shimmer with the insights that Jill Bialosky, the author, draws from the lines of poetry tucked inside her memoir?
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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…)

  

Love, Remember: 40 Poems of Loss, Lament and Hope

Malcolm Guite

*** Read the book’s introduction via Google Books

 

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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…)

  

What Will Soon Take Place: Poems

Tania Runyan

 

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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…)

  

Earthling: Poems

James Longenbach

*** Read the Publishers Weekly review of this collection of poems

 

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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
Buy Now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]
 
 
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
Buy Now: [ Amazon ]   [  Kindle ]

 
 
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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