If you don't like poetry, this is a good place to start.
If you suddenly realized it's National Poetry Month and/or you haven't read a poem since high school, this is a good place to start.
If you dig Greek mythology, modern adaptations, gender politics, drugs, art, and/or love, this is a good place to start. ~ Reviewed by Katelynn Shimkus
Rankine documents the microagressions that every person of color encounters - from herself and friends all the way up to esteemed athletes Serena Williams and Zinedine Zidane - through a mixture of poetry, photography, and stream-of-consciousness meditation. If you have read Ta-Nehisi Coates's bestseller Between the World and Me, this is your next read. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus
At first I thought I wasn't enjoying this collection, and then somehow imperceptibly I was suddenly sucked into each new page of words.
Hilborn became well-known for his poem "OCD", a love poem about the trajectory of a past relationship and how his disability both elevated and ended it. Not many poets at the time were covering this particular mental disorder, and Hilborn's ingenuity and vulnerability caught a lot of attention and acclaim.
Many of these are slam-poems, and I highly recommend looking up video recordings of his and others' performances. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus
Neruda is most famous for his sexy love poems, but he also wrote about living by the sea, by the one street in Valparaiso where every street animal came to be (and returning later as a successful poet with money), all with the same devotion. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus
Published: William Morrow & Company - September 20th, 2016
Not for nothing is Giovanni considered among the best of modern poets. Her poetry is at once both eloquent and conversational. In this recent collection, she covers the concerns of her late life: chasing down a rare beer to honor the deceased beer-lovers of her family, the election of the Obamas, her parents' separate deaths, and Facebook. "Facebook says I have friends / Friends say strange things / Avoiding my face." ~ from Blues for Roanoke ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus