Book Genre: Poetry

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Charles Bukowski
Hana
4

One of the first collections of Bukowski's I have had the pleasure of reading. It was by chance that I saw it while browsing the stacks, grabbed it, and started a longtime infatuation with Bukowski. There is something incredibly human and relatable about the poems and writings of Bukowski, every...

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Roberto Bolaño
Hana
5

This complete collection of Roberto Bolaño's poetry exemplifies his great strength of innovative story form by presenting short stories constructed with prose and poems that read as stories. As a fan of his fiction this collection allowed me to see a different side of Bolaño, one that...

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Chun Yu
Hope H
4

"Some said the old world needed to be destroyed/for the new world to come./That's the idea of the revolution/I was born into."

Chun Yu was born the second child of teachers in the middle of China's Cultural Revolution. For much of her childhood, her father was in the country being "...

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Amber Dawn
Becker
3

You'd think one thing if I told you that this was a memoir by a sex worker. You'd think another if I told you this was a memoir about the power of words to get you through life's challenges. How Poetry Saved My Life is both of these things, told in both poetry and prose, powerful and thought-...

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Monica Brown
Angelita
4

I enjoyed this book because it's a great way to introduce children to a great poet without worrying about the content. Neruda's poetry is wonderful, but some of it might be understood by the children. So the books talks about his life before he was a poet and while he was a poet. How he used...

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Jean Toomer
Alison
5

Arna Bontemps, one of the leading contributors to the Harlem Renaissance and a scholar of African-American literature, wrote that "there are many odd and provocative things about Cane, and not the least is its form.  Reviewers who read it in 1923 were generally stumped."  ...

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CJ
4

I am one of those poetry lovers who tends to read the same poets over and over -- once someone's work grabs me, I devote myself to excavating all the things I missed during the first or second read.  I trust them to reward my devotion with new insights, which they invariably do. ...

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Alma Flor Ada
Angelita
5

This book is great book to teach about diversity in the Latin American/Hispanic culture, as well as diversity in general. Each child has a vignette about what obstacles and advantages they have for being multi-ethnic or about living the U.S. where their culture is stereotyped or they are being...

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Maxine Kumin
lisab
4

Every time I read poetry, I discover something new. In this case, Maxine Kumin’s poetry is an example of poems that tell a story.  They evoke imagery not just emotion.  Kumin who recently passed away at age 88 was a Pulitzer Prize winning poet, served as poetry consultant to the...

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John Updike
Jennifer B.
4

A Child's Calendar presents a poem and corresponding illustration for each month of the year, great for teaching children about the seasons and the months of the year.  The illustrations, by Caldecott winner Trina Schart Hyman, of multicultural/multiracial families are especially...

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Charles Bukowski
ShellyB
3

I feel it's only fair to preface this review by admitting that I am not a huge fan of beat poetry.  I read this collection of Charles Bukowski poems because one of my fellow librarians is a huge fan of Bukowski and I was curious to see what it was all about.  And while I will not go to...

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Billy Collins
Brett
4

This exceptional collection of poetry from former Poet Laureate Billy Collins presents a number of new poems along with selections from four previous volumes. The structure results in a career retrospective of sorts, showcasing Collins’ range and talent through the years. These poems are...

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James Franco
Tara
3

Is there anything that James Franco can't do? Contemporary and raw, his poetry has more pop culture references than any poetry I've ever read before. Maybe because I've seen Howl a few times, I can almost hear his voice reading the poems. The poem, "When I Hit Thirty-Four," speaks with...

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Averill Curdy
Michael
4

Song & Error by Averill Curdy is a modern, lush perspective-based collection by a newer poet. Published in 2013, it throws back to happenings hundreds of years ago. A fresh point of view on historically true events.

One of the poems, "The Preservation of Meat," frames the...

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Joyce Sidman
Cori Jackamore
5

Brightly and beautifully illustrated, this poetry book includes a poem to one of nature’s survivors on one page and a scientific explanation on the opposite page. The author and illustrator begin with bacteria and end with humans 4.6 billion years later. Along the way, we meet mollusks, lichens...

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Roberto Bolaño
Lily
5

The Unknown University is the 800 page bilingual totality of Roberto Bolano's poetry. The range and diversity of the collection is immense; some poems read like movie scenes and others like surreal and loosely connected prose vignettes. There are poems both personal and philosophical,...

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Billy Collins
Michelle
4

Two-time U.S. Poet Laureate for a reason, Collins delights with poems of joy and humor and devastates with lines of sorrow and loneliness. This compilation includes new and selected older poems.

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Douglas Florian
Melody
4

Reaching across the animal kingdom, this collection of poems from Douglas Florian is sure to delight. Short and silly animal poems are accompanied by bold watercolor illustrations. The simple rhymes and shape poems capture the spirit of the animals he describes. With humor and insight this book...

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Frank (Frank C.) Warren
Thane
5

In November of 2004, Frank Warren printed 3,000 blank post cards with three words printed in bold on the back: “Share A Secret.” It was a simple idea for a group art project. To anomalously write down a secret you had never told anyone, decorate the card however you like and mail it to

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Billy Collins
Thane
3

In the interest of full disclosure, let me just say, right off the bat, that I've never cared for poetry. It's nothing personal. It's just not my thing. I've always thought of prose writing as being about what words mean and poetry writing as being more about what words sound like.

So, it...

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Yōko Ono
Em
4

Much has been said about Yoko Ono, but I quite enjoyed the simplicity of this poetry collection. The straightforward instruction pieces force you to slow down and examine the world around you in a new way--a way that is somehow less complicated but more profound. The pointillism sketches provide...

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George Shannon
Colleen
2

There are some fun poems in this collection. My favorite is "Hula Zelda." Zelda "loved the island rhymes so much it sometimes hurt. 'Cause every egg that Zelda laid came wearing a grass skirt." But I am not sure that chicken poems can sustain an entire collection.  Some of the silliness may...

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Jack Prelutsky
Manon
5

The Dragons Are Singing Tonight is a great, imaginative book of children's poems written by Jack Prelutsky.  The beautiful pictures by Peter Sis add to the enchanting effect.  Each poem features dragons, from nice dragons to nasty dragons, and from mechanical dragons to...

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Douglas Florian
Colleen
3

The pictures inside Dinothesaurus: prehistoric poems and paintings by Douglas Florian are appealing to anyone who is fascinated by collage art and other forms of artistic expression. And dinosaurs of course. I find the poems less inspiring than the visual art. I would recommend...

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Marilyn Singer
KateM
5

I picked up Follow Follow because it was recommended as one of the best and brightest of 2013 by Denver Public Library’s librarians. It is the second in a series of “Reverso” poems, a poem form created by author, Marilyn Singer, where a poem (usually about a fairy tale) is presented first...