Reviews and Blog Posts: poetry

Plaza Voices: U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera (Library of Congress)

This past June, the Library of Congress announced that the new Poet Laureate of the United States will be California writer Juan Felipe Herrera. He is the first Latino author to hold the post. He was also the Poet Laureate of California from 2012-2015.

Herrera has been called "an American original," whose poems "champion voices and traditions and histories, as well as a cultural perspective, which is a vital part of our larger American identity.” 

Poetry in the Reference Room

Jean de la Fontaine

When I started working here in 1996 B.G. (Before Google), questions about poetry were frequently asked in what was then called the General Reference and Nonfiction Department. More often than not, patrons were older people who had memorized poems in their youth and wanted to verify the texts that they recalled. This pedagogic practice has gone out of fashion, but anyone of a certain age will smile at the recollection of rhymes and meters mastered long ago. I can still recite poems by Jean de La Fontaine that I learned by heart in eighth grade in 1968.

2015 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Pulitzer Prize

The 2015 Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists have been announced:

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Between Riverside and Crazy by Stephen Adly Guirgis

Plaza Voices: National Poetry Month

Argentinian writer Alfonsina Storni.

Nadia R., a DPL Plaza staff member, writes:

We love American poetry! Who hasn’t enjoyed the rural scenarios of Robert Frost, the boldness of Maya Angelou, the mysterious darkness of Edgar Allan Poe, and the work of many more great American poets?

Poisoned apples : poems for you, my pretty

by Christine Heppermann

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I wanted to love this book, I really did. I love fairy tales and I love twisted tales so I thought this would be the perfect book of poetry for me. I will admit, I am not an avid poetry reader. I actually read this as my "outside your comfort...

World Poetry Day! - March 21

earth and ink quill

In Paris in 1999, UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), proclaimed March 21st as World Poetry Day.

A certain slant of light

by Laura Whitcomb

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While A Certain Slant of Light is categorized as Young Adult, and while the story does center around a couple of teenagers, I doubt that any one who has read this work would label it as such.

Bukowski born into this

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Love him, hate him, or never heard of him, this documentary does an excellent job of blending poetry readings, interviews with fans, narration, and clips of the man himself. Those that watched and had not read Bukowski were driven to do so just from the fascinating portrait of the author, and fans...


Honestly, Rap/Hip Hop seem to have really taken a nose dive during this last decade compared to those before it! The verses make no sense; there's no storytelling, no meaning; the hooks are extremely mainstream/popish; and beats are all about bass. Honestly, most songs are absolutely ridiculous. Man, what happened?! Did you, Artist, cash your checks and check out? Seriously!

Pablo Neruda : poet of the people

by Monica Brown

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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...

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