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Words of Protest, Words of Freedom

This poetry collection has been a labor of love for its editor, Jeffrey Coleman. In an interview on the Tavis Smiley show in April, Coleman talked about searching for poems related to the Civil Rights movement for a paper he was assigned in graduate school. The project continued from there. The full contents are available […]

Love, an Index

Love, an Index is Rebecca Lindenberg’s first book, and the debut volume in the recently announced McSweeney’s Poetry Series. This series of poems traces her relationship with poet Craig Arnold. Lindenberg began the book while he was still alive, in fact started working on it three years before his disappearance. But after losing him, it […]

Horoscopes for the Dead & Poets House

Today’s guest blogger is Karlan Sick. Karlan and I served together on the Alex Awards committee for four years, and Karlan was always determined to find a book of poetry for the list. She introduced me to Poets House. At least once a summer, we would meet there and spend hours reading through potential collections, […]

Poems, Elizabeth Bishop

Please enjoy the last of our National Poetry Month reviews, a couple days late. BISHOP, Elizabeth. Poems. 352p. Farrar. 2011. pap. $16. ISBN 978-0-374-53236-9. LC 2010038535.   Adult/High School–Bishop (1911-1979) received many honors, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the National Book Award for Poetry in 1970 for her Complete […]

Thin Kimono

Here we are , over halfway through National Poetry Month. I look forward to posting poetry reviews here regularly in the future, once or twice a month. We’ve enjoyed a good run of once a week during the month of April, with one week to go! Enjoy this playful, fun collection, quite accessible for younger […]

Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East

This is a Words without Borders publication. Words without Borders “translates, publishes, and promotes contemporary international literature.” Every month they publish an online magazine. They also partner with publishers to release print anthologies, of which this is one. Tablet & Pen is quite a thick & heavy tome, and may appear intimidating to teen readers. But […]

Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels

Happy National Poetry Month! I am excited to kick it off with a review of Kevin Young’s Ardency, a fascinating way to discover, explore, and contemplate the Amistad incident. Imagine what a high school student might take away from this literary treatment compared to reading a page or two in a history book. Here, layers […]

Crave Radiance

Elizabeth Alexander came to the attention of the larger public when she was asked to read an original poem at President Obama’s inauguration. Alexander is a professor of African American studies and English literature at Yale. After reading large sections of this book, I was not surprised. She often uses history, especially African American history, […]

Poetry for Teens

Finding appealing poetry for teens is a challenge. Today we offer two very different possibilities. One from Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott. The other for beginners. I also recommend taking a look at YALSA’s Outstanding Books for the College Bound lists. In particular, the 1999 list includes a long list of poetry.  This has a nice […]

The Double Muse: Poetry & Graphic Novels

Post by Francisca Goldsmith: A number of adult books of sequential art have treated poetry across the past couple of decades—so small a number that one can count them all pretty much on one hand.  An all time favorite of mine for booktalking with teens who are learning English is the folio sized and darkly […]