Reviews and Blog Posts: poetry

I could pee on this, and other poems by cats

by Francesco Marciuliano

Reviewer 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

Reviewer 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

Reviewer 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

Reviewer 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

Reviewer 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

Reviewer 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!

Grumbles from the forest : fairy-tale voices with a twist : poems

by Jane Yolen

Reviewer Rating:
4

Well known author Jane Yolen has teamed up with fellow author Rebecca Kai Dotlich and illustrator Matt Mahurin to create this unique poetry book for children.  The poems are all based on well-known fairy tales but they have a twist.  Each poem is written from the viewpoint of a fairytale...

Dog Songs

by Mary Oliver

Reviewer Rating:
5

I'll admit--I picked up this book just seeing Mary Oliver's name, and not the title (and somehow missing the dog on the cover). When I got around to looking at it again, and saw that it was all poems about dogs, it made me even happier. Oliver has a way...

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