Rubén Darío is a Nicaraguan poet and author whose most important work was done in the late 19th century. He is one of the most influential poets of Latin America and traveled extensively throughout the Americas and Europe. Darío is thought to be one of the founders of the Spanish/American modernism (modernismo) movement. Darío’s work touches on diverse themes […]
Throughout the years, Veterans Day adopts a new meaning and context for each generation. When I was growing up, the holiday felt (and still is) very much attached to the WWII and Korean War veterans of my grandparents’ generation. Now, as the child of baby boomer parents and witness to the events of 9/11, the holiday resonates more closely for me with the […]
My last post began a three-part series about poetry. Today I’m back with part 2, in which we discuss two poems that touch on the theme of death. It’s a grim topic, not something we normally want to dwell on for long. Yet these poems explore it in ways that are beautiful and surprising.
Even though she lived in Topeka for just over a month, Gwendolyn Brooks was indeed born there. 2017 would have marked her 100th birthday, and towns all over Kansas were alight with celebratory readings, walks and exhibits throughout the year. Beyond the state borders, fresh anthologies and rejuvenated collections were released in honor of the woman who penned some of the most iconic poetry of our time.
People have been composing poems for thousands of years. As with fiction, the variety is huge, and if you don’t know much about it, it can be intimidating. Where do you start if you want to dip your toe in the poetry pool? I’ve always enjoyed a good poem, but my interest has increased in the last few years. So I thought it would be fun to do a series of posts highlighting some of my favorites.
I just finished Mai Der Vang’s recently released collection, Afterland, and my ears are still ringing. The residual hum left after reading her haunting poems makes it difficult to let go, even after you put it down.
LBPH is proud to a share a new locally produced title available for loan or download from BARD. Wind in a Box was narrated and edited by volunteer Karen Pallist and produced by the LBPH Studio Team. Wind in a Box Terrance Hayes DBC 8132 Third collection of poetry from National Book Award-winning poet Terrance […]
I was looking up information on T.S. Eliot and found this archival recording of him reading “The Naming of Cats”. I instantly fell in love. Though I’d read the poem before, the way I’d read it was very different from the author reading it aloud. And it was wonderful to hear T.S. Eliot’s voice, his […]
As far as American poets go, Jorie Graham is a superstar. With over thirteen collections of poetry to her name, she steadily remains well-loved and revered. She has served as Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, has received a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship and took over Seamus Heaney’s role as the Boylston Professor of Oratory and Rhetoric at Harvard. To say she is a heavy hitter in the poetry world would be a gross understatement.
Many know Ursula K. Le Guin through her hefty body of science fiction and fantasy work, perhaps The Lathe of Heaven or the well-loved Earthsea series. Others might be familiar with her books on writing, like the beautifully titled Steering the Craft: A Twenty-first Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story, published in 2015. Still others devote themselves to her poetry, and its gently lilting verse. For those unfamiliar with the latter part of her repertoire, Le Guin’s newest collection, Late in the Day, provides a lovely introduction.