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For All of Us, One Today

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For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet's Journey Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780807033807
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Published: Beacon Press - November 19th, 2013

What a lovely book! Blanco is endearing and candid in telling his incredible journey as the country's 5th inaugural poet. A captivating and charming read, the book includes the inaugural poem, One Today as well as two other poems commissioned for the occasion. ~ Reviewed by Carol Graser


A Book of Luminous Things

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A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780156005746
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Published: Mariner Books - April 1st, 1998

Milosz writes in the introduction that his selections are "short, clear, readable, and, to use a compromised term, realist," making this a great collection for beginning to practiced poetry readers. I most love his introductions to sections like "Nature", "Travel", and "Non-attachment" and to the poems themselves. His comments elucidate the work and add charm with a friendly, knowledgeable, honest voice. ~ Reviewed by Carol Graser


My Brother's Madness by Paul Pines - Book Review

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My Brother's Madness: A Memoir Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781931896344
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Published: Curbstone Books - October 1st, 2007

Had Pines written a memoir simply of his ow exploits to define himself and his art, this book would be fascinating enough. Entwined with his brother's encroaching mental illness and his struggle to guide him through it, it becomes a beautiful, moving and healing read. ~ Reviewed by Carol Graser


Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been: New and Selected Poems by Chase Twichell - Book Review

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$19.00
ISBN: 9781556593185
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - May 1st, 2010

In these poems of landscape and nature, childhood memories and self-aware asides, Twichell offers an intimate voice of companionship. The movement from early work to the most recent is fascinating. A great book to refer to and reread. ~ Reviewed by Carol Graser


Carol Graser - Bookseller in Saratoga Springs

Carol reads a good bit of poetry and like many poetry readers, she also writes. Sometimes her work gets published and sometimes people invite her to read in front of an audience, which she loves to do. Since 2003 she’s been the host of a monthly poetry series at Caffe Lena on first Wednesdays (please check it out sometime!) that features one or two poets and includes an open mic.

The universe is made of stories, not of atoms. - Muriel Rukeyser

Men We Reaped

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Men We Reaped: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781608195213
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - September 17th, 2013

In this memoir of community set in the rural south, Ward remembers five young men close to her who died in four years. She painstakingly traces each death back to a history of racism and economic struggle, channeling her grief into beautiful, precise language. ~ Reviewed by Carol Graser


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