Reviews and Blog Posts: poetry

Aimless love a selection of poems

by Billy Collins

DPL Rating:
5

If you haven't read former poet laureate, Billy Collins, before, you're in for a  treat. If you've always been put off by poetry because it's so serious and unfathomable, I encourage you to give Collins a try. He's your "everyman poet." We're not talking about lengthy descriptions of Grecian pottery...

They Are Legend: Authors We Lost in 2013

The Golden Notebook

As we all get used to writing "2014" as the date, here is a last look back at some of the notable authors we lost in 2013. Their words will long endure.

Chinua Achebe--Nigerian writer who died at age 82. His most famous work is Things Fall Apart (1958).

Iain Banks--Scottish author of both contemporary and science fiction.

Tom Clancy--popular author of espionage and military thrillers. His classic works include The Hunt for Red October and other books starring CIA operative Jack Ryan.

I could pee on this, and other poems by cats

by Francesco Marciuliano

DPL Rating:
2

I wanted to like this more than I actually did. Certainly, the pictures of adorable kittens help, but I really was hoping for better poetry. There are a few gems - "Why are you screaming?" (a tale of a gift gone wrong), "Separation"(an emotional story of betrayal), "And now we...

English majors

DPL Rating:
3

Prairie Home Companion meets a modern who’s who of American writers and poets. This audio features comedic sketches from NPR’s Prairie Home Companion from Dave Barry, Billy Collins, Robert Bly, Allan Ginsberg and Calvin Trillin. The audio is two discs long that should have been edited down to one really...

The madness vase : a collection of poetry

by Andrea Gibson

DPL Rating:
3

Andrea Gibson was introduced to me in my college years. It was during one of those free events and when she recited her poetry, the room fell silent. So when I realized that she actually put out books of poetry, I was more than a little curious.

Museum of accidents

by Rachel Zucker

DPL Rating:
3

The first few poems in Museum of Accidents​ were difficult for me to get into at first - poetry is not usually my thing - but when I read "Long Lines to Stave Off Suicide" I was hooked; I had to read the rest of the book. There's a brutal...

Ring of bone : collected poems, 1950-1971

by Lew Welch

DPL Rating:
4

The poems in this collection embody the Poetics of Emptiness, a philosophical movement and style best characterized by the west coast Beat scene, most notably by Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Jack Kerouac, and Philip Whalen. Influenced by Zen, these poems are immersed with detailed observations of nature, self-enforced solitude, and...

Start the New Year off Right with Adult Programming!

We have a multitude of interesting programs coming up this week. If you like crafts, writing or cooking you will want to be sure to visit us. A reminder--please call in advance to sign up for all of the following writing and craft programs!

We have a lot of options for you on Saturday, January 11. At
10 a.m. Barb Lundy, a Colorado author, will be at Ross-University Hills for a poetry program. ​Poetry Tells Life Stories helps us ​bring our view of the world, language and our experiences ​to life​ through the art of poetry.​ There will be writing and sharing as well as information about the publishing process.

Falling hard : 100 love poems by teenagers

DPL Rating:
3

Falling Hard: 100 love poems by teenagers is a collection of love poems written by teenagers, pulled from email submissions by the author. The authors range in age from 12 to 18. They are also a mixture of female, male, transgender, straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, different ethnicities and from different...

It's That Time of the Year...

If You Could Be Mine

Yes, everyone from The New York Times to NPR is coming out with their take on "the best books of 2013" right now.

I won't promise this list is "the best," but they're all books I enjoyed this year for various reasons. Please add your own favorite 2013 reads in the comments!! I hope some of my fabulous DPL colleagues will post their own lists, too--we're a diverse group with varying interests and tastes in books.

Science Fiction & Horror:

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King--Classic King. Well-drawn characters, good vs. evil, creepy villains. And a Colorado conection!

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