The Ink Dark Moon

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The Ink Dark Moon: Love Poems by Ono no Komachi and Izumi Shikibu, Women of the Ancient Court of Japan (Vintage Classics) Cover Image
By Ono no Komachi, Izumi Shikibu, Jane Hirshfield (Translated by), Mariko Aratani (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780679729587
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Published: Vintage - October 3rd, 1990

I don't really like much poetry. I generally come away from a poem by some well-known poet thinking, 'Now what makes that a poem?' However, I do like The Ink Dark Moon. It's a collection of short love poems and aubades by medieval Japanese women. In each poem a simple image elegantly evokes an intense emotion. That's all I need.

Begin Again

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ISBN: 9780374527242
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 14th, 2001

Grace Paley describes herself as a "combative pacifist and cooperative anarchist." Though Begin Againdoes contain some new poems, it could well be described as an excellent retospective of this seasoned poet. A teacher, activist, and National Book Award-winning master of the short story, Paley fashions poems about milkweed pods, Saint John's wort, bees, and ants, as well as poems about El Salvador, Vietnam, and AIDS. War, capitalism, sanitary napkins, old age, and old dogs...no detail is too large or too small. Whether she's writing about New York City or her adopted rural Vermont, Paley speaks with the power of a rebel angel.

Moment to Moment

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ISBN: 9781556591334
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - September 1999

I discovered David Budbill when I read an article that he had written for the Utne Reader which discussed the value of the hermit as political activist. Budbill lives a reclusive life on "Judevine Mountain" in Vermont. I was drawn to this article because I myself had recently decided to flee city life and head for Vermont. His incredibly well-crafted, intelligent, and wry article totally convinced me that I was headed in the right direction. I read his poetry later when I heard he was coming to read at the bookstore. Budbill's wise, witty poems reverberate with the power of ancient Chinese poets, yet this ancient wisdom is turned pointedly and uniquely at human nature and modern culture. One can't help chuckling and feeling refreshed when reading his poetry.


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ISBN: 9780671039776
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Published: MTV Books - June 1999

Saul Williams combines the rhythm and texture of the spoken word/hip-hop tradition with striking imagery and powerful prose. The poems in She are relentlessly self-exposing, flow with an almost dream-like quality, and at times feel conversational. Each time I read this book I discover something new. This is why it's one of my favorite books.

Tales from Ovid

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ISBN: 9780374525873
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 30th, 1999

Every now and then, a book of verse wanders into our line of sight, reminding us that metaphor is one of the founding pillars of poetry. Hughes' Tales from Ovid is such a book. For instance, in the tale of Erysichthon, hunger is personified, described as 'raking with her nails/ To bare the root of a tiny rock-wort/ Till her teeth could catch and tear it./ In shape and colour her face was a skull, blueish/ Her lips a stretched hole of frayed leather/ Over bleeding'

Wild Iris

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ISBN: 9780880013345
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Published: Ecco - November 1993

A beautiful and mysterious book by Vermont's poet laureate. Here, along side the quiet, often pain-filled reflections of the speaker, the voices of nature are also given their say. Winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize.


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