Reviews and Blog Posts: poetry

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...

Poems that make grown men cry : 100 men on the words that move them

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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...

2014 Spur Awards

Light of the World by James Lee Burke

The Spur Award was initiated in 1953 by the Western Writers of America to recognize the best in Western fiction. Over the years, the award grew in number to acknowledge the diversity of Western literature for adults, teens, and children. If you are looking for a story "full of souls filled with concern, fear, joy and desire," you won't be disappointed with one of these award winning Westerns.

Personalized Reading Lists: Dive Into Some Great Recent Nonfiction Reads

Our librarians love creating Personalized Reading Lists for DPL customers. If you haven't requested your list yet, we want you to know what you're missing! Each month in this column, we feature a recently-created reading list to give you a taste of what to expect from the service.

100 Years of Bierceitude

Ambrose Bierce, posing with an erstwhile critic

It was one hundred years ago today... or maybe yesterday. Or it could have been one hundred years ago two months from now. The point is that roughly a century ago, after leaving Washington D.C. at age 71 to join Pancho Villa's army and making it as far as at least Chihuahua, American author Ambrose Bierce disappeared.

Where I live : new & selected poems, 1990-2010

by Maxine Kumin

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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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