As you know from my blogs, I usually deal with children and young
adult books. Reading in these genres has always been a passion of mine. But today I need you to be in a comfortable
spot, preferably sitting, since I will introduce you to something a little
different: two adult poets. Yes. Adult. Both of these men are very different in
their style of writing. But both are equally amazing.
Kooser paints wonderful word imagery in Delights
& Shadows. Such gems as Tattoo;
Mourners, Praying Hands, A Spiral Notebook and A Happy Birthday might be short
in nature, but pack a real punch! The modern voice makes them perfect for long-time
poetry readers and those being introduced for the first time. Kooser deals with many subjects,
including his own mortality, but has created many poems that are truly alive!
Each poem deals with the every
day, life, death, notebooks, tattoos, paintings, faith, even war and peace. Yet
each one might have it look like he speaks of only a statue of praying hands or
talking about how he celebrates a birthday, each one digs deeper than what is
on the surface.
Welch approaches poetry with a different delivery in Ring of Bone: Collected
Poems (with Gary Snyder).
The world of one Beat poet is opened up in
this collection. Written from approximately 1950 to around Welch’s presumed
death in 1971, each shows you what is important to him and many of his
generation. Explore the familiar (a walk across a make-shift bridge), the
constraints of “normalcy” of the time (a man “should” have his hair short) to
thoughts on his own mortality (his beard turning white when he is only 40) in haunting
detail, depth and even simplicity of wording.
Comments by Gary Snyder and Welch’s own words about his work connect
might not be as well known as his peers, but his insights into life and death
are as powerful and thoughtful as any of the Beat writers. Welch is a voice
fresh even after all these years.
as always, come into the Northshire Bookstore to find these and other poets
that speak as strongly to you as Kooser and Welch have spoken to this reader!