Poetry

Staff Pick: Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls edited by Karen Finneyfrock

by Nancy

Hi girls and not girls,

You all should read this book if only to feast on phrases like, "I'd never met my fist, and then I did" (page 64) and "...when I was still small enough / to fit all of my self and worries inside a bathtub" (page 32). Most of us have fists and, if we're lucky, bathtubs, but we could all use some more courage (and bad-ass poems).

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Staff Pick: Darkness Sticks to Everything by Tom Hennen

by Nancy

I love reading Hennen’s poetry on the bus. Each poem is short but quickly delivers you into an isolated, eerie landscape. A few of my favorites: A Note to My State-Appointed Job Counselor (p40); Landscape of Night (p62); Love for Other Things (p78)

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Staff Pick: The Beauty of the Husband by Anne Carson

by Amy

Incredibly accessible poetry with a classical pedigree. If you’ve ever loved a jerk, you’ll relate.

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This clear-eyed, brutal, moving, darkly funny book tells a single story in an immediate, accessible voice-29 "tangos" of narrative verse that take us vividly through erotic, painful, and heartbreaking scenes from a long-time marriage that falls apart. Only award-winning poet Anne Carson could create a work that takes on the oldest of lyrical subjects-love-and make it this powerful, this fresh, this devastating.Vintage, $15.00

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