Poetry

How to Love the World: Poems of Gratitude and Hope by James Crews - Book Review

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By James Crews, Ross Gay (Foreword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781635863864
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Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - March 23rd, 2021

Inspirational poetry from the perspectives of dozens of poets. While each voice is unique, the collection underscores the underlying and unifying theme that poetry, even in the rubble of life, provides beauty and hope. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


DMZ Colony by Don Mee Choi - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781940696959
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Published: Wave Books - April 7th, 2020

Heartbreaking and informative, Don Mee Choi’s DMZ Colony is not a fun read, but felt very essential. The truth is never easy to stomach, and Don Mee Choi delivers the truth of the Korean War, the United States’ involvement, and its aftermath in an honest and almost pure way, as many of the accounts she puts into the book are that of children. There are graphic depictions of war and human rights violations, but they are a part of history and must be acknowledged. This book was short, but packed the punch needed to make an impact on every reader. ~ Reviewed by Annabelle Mackson


Paradise Lost by John Milton - Book Review

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By John Milton, John Leonard (Editor), John Leonard (Introduction by), John Leonard (Notes by)
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ISBN: 9780140424393
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Published: Penguin Classics - April 29th, 2003

Oh how I would love to see a debate between John Milton and Dante Alighieri. The classic piece of biblical fiction written in the manner of an epic poem, Paradise Lost is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of religion, and, though less advertised, feminism. The relationship between Adam and Eve, God and Eve, and Satan and Eve speaks volumes about how the world treats women, especially within quite orthodox Christian sects. Though written over 350 years ago, Milton’s words still hit the beats today that they did so long ago and have surely passed the test of time. ~ Reviewed by Annabelle Mackson


Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse by Anne Carson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780375701290
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Published: Vintage - July 27th, 1999

This is definitely the type of story where you learn more from each reading. I found the writing and plot beautiful and found many meaningful moments in this retelling of the classic Greek myth of Geryon and Hercules (Herakles in the Greek). As someone familiar with the traditional trials of Hercules, this was a very interesting dive into the background of one of the titular enemies of this classic hero. I highly recommend it for anyone partial to the classical studies, but the content and writing is perfect for contemporary readers too. ~ Reviewed by Annabelle Mackson


Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781555976903
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 7th, 2014

This book-length poem is so deep, so profound, and so insightful that it leaves the reader bobbing in its waves for days to come. Sharing her own personal experiences and digging into infuriating current accounts of anti-Black racism (most notably discussing Serena Williams and the disturbing treatment she has received in the limelight), Rankine's stark honesty is as heart-wrenching as it is refreshing. ~ Reviewed by Maya Bon


The Perseverance by Raymond Antrobus - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781951142421
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Published: Tin House Books - March 30th, 2021

From page one there are beautiful, emotional, and thought-provoking poems. The text is clear as the poet tells you not only his own story but that of his father well. Along the way, he also speaks for and about the deaf community. Nothing is held back, it is a punch to the eyes that one will want to take again. ~ Reviewed by 1/8/2021


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