Poetry Books

Poetic Books

An historian should always start with poetry. There are 12 volumes of poetry you should now be reading. Though poetry is often considered an almost anachronistical genre, I think that poetry offers some of the most important works nowadays. As if they had sounded their heartbeat, writers on the front line feel a leap beyond autobiographies. An historian should always start with poetry.

So, here are 12 books for future generations and for you, readers, to measure today's temperatures. Gerald Stern, like Boland, has had a long and outstanding poetry career: he spent many years teaching at the Iowa Writer's Workshop, won the National Book Award and the Wallace Stevens Award, was a Pulitzer Prize finaleist, and in 2000 was named first prize winner of the State of New Jersey.

Stern obviously has death in his head at the age of 91, and his poetry in this book creates a melancholic image of an America that now goes back to the far past. Each poem ranges from the individual ("How to Get Over Someone You Love") to the satiric ("Oregon Trail") and lush mixture of the two.

Marilyn talks about Reavey's wandering legacy, who has been living in six different lands, a mixture of memoirs, poems, documentaries and meditations, Reavey hoped to include another, because "My Favourite Number is Seven"; later she told us that she moved to Micronesia, "My Seventh Country" - from her biological family to her adoptive family, from name to name and from name and from Identity to identity.

She was never said where her mom went or what was happening to her - "she just never was. "The narration obviously runs through the episodes of friends from college, therapies and even the stories of philosphy ("History is what happens / poetry, what could happen"). "Her storytelling skills and captivatingly relaxed vocals, McLane has created an absolutely one-of-a-kind work, a real tale filtrated through the magic price of poetry.

What is marvellous about an Anthologie such as Poems That Make Grown Frauen Cry: 100 Frauen on the Words That Move Them (an accompaniment/sequel to the masculine repetition of a few years ago) has less to do with the poetry itself (although this fortunately contains a multitude of mostly not so clich├ęd decisions) than with the fact that each contribution was selected and presented by some of the world's best authors and some of the greatest performers, musician, reviewers and artists:

Initially released in 1955, Ferlinghetti's classical poem now, Pictures of the Gone World, was the first of his own City Lights publishing house (which would later release Ginsberg's Howl and Corso's Gasoline), on the basis of the famed San Francisco bookshop of the same name - one of my first favourite poetry collection as a youngster.

Ferlinghetti, who looks back on the poetry, is delighted to see that it "contains a fresh sense of awareness that only young people have in the dandelions of adolescence. He is an important character in literature even without his attempt to defeat poetry in his work. Ferlinghetti's poetry in Pictures of the Gone Worlds and his most famous novel, A Coney Island of the Mind, gave the whole wide globe its lively and lively vitality, and although the name of his first volume recalls a bygone age, his vocal expression was instrumental in introducing a whole new one.

During the years following the 1924 release of the book Marianne Moore, unlike Whitman, continued to reduce her initial content to fewer and fewer verses, so that, as the autobiographer told us in the introductory to this new issue, "Observations[in its revised second edition] had not been available to the general editor since 1925.

It is not a compilation, but an essays on poetry, Ben Lerner's The Hatred of Poetry begins, by the way, with Marianne Moore's "Poetry", which first appears in Observations as a longer poetry, but was published by Moore in only four rows in 1967: Learner, himself a lyricist, but better known for his two novels Atocha Station and 10:04, uses Moore's conflicting point of view to get to the bottom of the following observation:

"A lot more folks are agreed that they don't like poetry than they do. "But Lerner also doesn't like it when he says that "he has organised my live largely around it.... and doesn't see this as a conflict, because poetry and the loathing of poetry are for me - and perhaps for you - inseparable. "Poetry is naturally about failing, it is arguing, about failing to put the precise concept out of one's head, not communicating appropriately and failing to affect or alter things - but that does not mean that poetry cannot force in the right directions of succeed.

"If, " asks Lerner, "planetary poetry music" is the nearest thing to listening to the most ugly Earth lymph and experiencing the gap between them? "In other words, a poetry cannot reach the hyperbolical goals that some have asserted for poetry, but no matter how great or how impoverished, the readers will always listen, as Lerner called it in Atocha Station, "the response of poetical possibility".

Learner is one of the best authors of his generation, and The Hate of Poetry shows that he could also be one of the best reviewers. Finally, the poem collection of one of the greatest poet of the twentieth centuries, with an intro by Claudia Rankine, one of the greatest poet of the twenty-first century - do I have to say more?

Aside from the simple fact of having all of Adrienne Rich's poetry in one nice book, the enlightening wonder of collective poetry is the opportunity to pursue Rich's breathtaking path as a writer and thought. Gathered poetry is a necessary asset.

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