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New American Best Friend by Olivia Gatwood - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781943735105
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Published: Button Poetry - March 28th, 2017

Gatwood puts it all out there without holding back. She hits you right in the face with both fists. The poems show how we grow up. The stages we take to get to become an adult who is probably as confused as that young girl who had her first kisses (yes there are two firsts). How trying to fit in is easy once you learn the rules and if you follow them to the letter. But finally, Gatwood shows us how we can celebrate who we are as women. Mature context/language makes this not for everyone. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


The Collected Works of W.B. Yeats Volume I: The Poems: Revised Second Edition by Richard J. Finneran - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780684807317
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Published: Scribner - September 9th, 1996

Like the other modernist poets, there are things not to like about Yeats the person and some poems and plays here that might best be skipped (e.g., "A Stick of Incense," the plays in general, and his arcane theosophy), but he very well might be my single favorite poet (at least sometimes). His early work is gorgeous, magical, and rightly remembered like the "Lake Isle of Innisfree" with its “lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore.” But it’s really his late work, after a profound transformation in his style, that catapults him to his stature as one of the greatest poets in the language. Beyond the consistently-anthologized poems like "The Second Coming," virtually everything from 1928's The Tower through to the end of his life is remarkable. Even if one might not agree with his politics, his metaphor for the turbulent times of the Irish Civil War is perennially apropos – “We are but weasels fighting in a hole.” His long poems and sequences are major accomplishments, even if he is, as the Welsh poet Leslie Norris said, "the greatest stupid poet." ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


A Love Song, a Death Rattle, a Battle Cry by Kyle "Guante" Tran Myhre - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781943735334
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Published: Button Poetry - February 20th, 2018

Kyle Tran Myhre is not an easy read. He is an activist who knows his advantages and disadvantages. He knows the issues we as a country face. He speaks for people who have no voice. And he speaks well. The book is broken up into each of his formats (poems, songs and essay). And while each is its own piece of work, sometimes they mirror each other in subject, words, phrases and of course, their hope to have their audience not just hear them, but to listen to them as well. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Cold Mountain (Graphic Novel): The Legend of Han Shan and Shih Te, the Original Dharma Bums by Sean Michael Wilson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781611801798
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Published: Shambhala - April 14th, 2015

This is a graphic novel that uses the poetry of Han Shan and Shih Te to tell the story of these two scoundrels. That is, if they existed. While it is romantic to think they put their poetry on trees, rocks and caves, more likely they are a collaboration of many people That aside, this is some of the poetry that would influence the Beats, the Dharma Bums (yes that Dharma Bum) and countless people who felt "off the norm." Told in both words and images, this is a book that needs to be experienced as you take your own journey into the world of Zen. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


The Flame: Poems Notebooks Lyrics Drawings by Leonard Cohen - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780374156060
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 2nd, 2018

Leonard Cohen was my favorite poet long before this book arrived (though this book did manage to convert one of my coworkers to Cohenism). And now I know the sum total of the work he has in the world is finite, and I may never read anything new of his again. I am grateful for the enormous body of work that exists, but still, there is a bitter sweetness in reading the last words of someone you adored. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


Adultolescence by Gabbie Hanna - Book Review

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Published: Atria/Keywords Press - September 19th, 2017

While the poems are mostly geared towards a 20 and 30 something aged crowd, anyone can relate as they deal with everything from the traditional “deep stuff” (anxiety, relationships) to “fun stuff” for a cleanse of the pallet. Hanna’s illustrations are not very detailed pencil-like drawings, yet there is detail where detail is needed. A perfect curl-up-with-cup-of-tea-laugh-and-cry-out-loud-book! ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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