Poetry

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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By Sean Michael Wilson, Akiko Shimojima (Illustrator), J. P. Seaton (Prologue by)
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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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ISBN: 9781501178320
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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


The Collected Poems of Theodore Roethke by Theodore Roethke - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780385086011
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Published: Anchor - December 10th, 1974

Just about my favorite American poet, Roethke like so many poets of his generation was an American poète maudit and died tragically (in a swimming pool). He has one of the most wonderful ears in 20th century poetry—attuned to music and rhythm. His poetry moves between formal (the classic “My Papa’s Waltz” and “Elegy for Jane”) and free verse (the wonderful, long meditative sequences), even into sinister children’s poetry (e.g., “Dirty Dinky”). Roethke’s childhood spent in his father’s greenhouse had a lasting effect on his poetry, and he produced some of the greatest evocations of plant-life. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


Lord of the Butterflies by Andrea Gibson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781943735426
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Published: Button Poetry - November 27th, 2018

Winner of awards, writer of almost any liberal subject Gibson has a mix of poems about their personal journey, depression, lovers, current events, gender identity and life in general. Mature subject matter but is accessible to the older teen on up to adult. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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