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Season of the Sorceress: Poetry and Prose by Melody Lee - Book Review

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By Melody Lee, Christine E. Ray (Editor), Mitch Green (Cover Design by)
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ISBN: 9781732800038
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Published: Indie Blue Publishing LLC - February 28th, 2019

Dive into modern poetry with relatable and homey poems. Lee makes you feel like you could be a poet, too, as she knows the words we feel and want to say. Accessible to almost anyone, Lee deals with life, love, nature and more. Sketches throughout book accent the sections of poetry. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Why Poetry by Matthew Zapruder - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062343086
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Published: Ecco - June 12th, 2018

There is no question mark in the title of this wonderful, provocative book: Why Poetry. And for good reason. According to Matthew Zapruder poetry not only plays a unique -- dare I say (my word) magical -- purpose in human culture but also in our individual human journeys through life by being "usefully useless"! In one of my favorite passages in the book, Zapruder describes a poets' job as "refusing to do what others find useful." Poetry is an antidote to our modern scientific materialistic culture that has become unbalanced: obsessed as it is with efficiency, reason, certainty, productivity, accomplishment, control and action. Poetry has always been a reliable source of frustration and bafflement for me. Thanks to this lovely book, I appreciate how the inherent mystery of poetry is not a bug but an abiding, important feature of this vital art form. ~ Reviewed by Sam Baker


New and Collected Poems: 1952-1992 by Geoffrey Hill - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780618001880
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Published: Mariner Books - January 12th, 2000

Hill is probably the best British poet after Philip Larkin. This volume collects everything you’ll need (he started taking Prozac in later life and his output quadrupled to the detriment of his ability). His work is thorny, violent, full of gnarled syntax and rhetorical power but lyrical and rewarding. “In Memory of Jane Fraser” and “Merlin” are two perfect poems that will be remembered. “Funeral Music,” a sequence of poems about historic British beheadings he described as “a florid, grim music broken by cries and shrieks.” Mercian Hymns, probably his most famous, is a curious collection of prose poems inspired by ancient British history which collapses time, the present bleeding into the past. Sometimes even funny. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


Collected Poems 1943-2004 by Richard Wilbur - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780156030793
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Published: Mariner Books - April 3rd, 2006

Wilbur was a New England poet just as good as Robert Frost, if not better. His skilled work and craftsmanship is unsurpassed. Poems of deep feeling, intellectual rigor, and a glorious sensitivity to “the things of this world.” Unlike most writers I like, his work is optimistic and joyful. He finds the miraculous in the mundane—a hint of angel feathers in the throwing out of mop water, in waiting for a drawbridge to drop the perfect simile for the expectation of a smile from his wife. An American master. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


Not for Specialists: New and Selected Poems (American Poets Continuum) by W. D. Snodgrass - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781929918775
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Published: BOA Editions - April 1st, 2006

A great unsung American poet. Snodgrass helped spark the “confessional” movement in American poetry as a student in Robert Lowell’s workshop. “Heart’s Needle” is a painful, beautiful sequence about his divorce and losing custody of his daughter. He was a master craftsman who left the most a poet can really ask for, a handful of unforgettable lyric poems that will last the ages—“The pear tree lets its petals drop / Like dandruff on a tabletop.” “Sorting out letters…I happened to find / Your picture. That picture. I stopped there cold, / Like a man raking piles of dead leaves in his yard / Who has turned up a severed hand.” ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


Date & Time by Phil Kaye - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781943735365
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Published: Button Poetry - September 18th, 2018

Kay is a modern poet dealing with issues such as growing up in a Japanese-Jewish-American household, being the skinny kid, being shy around girls, about love, life and death. He believes every story has beginning, middle and end. But not necessarily in that order; and sets his book up to follow this. His poems show how words are important: words spoken, not spoken, yelled, and overheard. Teens (at least 14) to adult are the best audience for his works. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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