APRIL Titles for Adults
April is National Poetry Month
Poetry 101: From Shakespeare and Rupi Kaur to Iambic Pentameter and Blank Verse, Everything You Need to Know About Poetry
by Susan Dalzell
This book is a great introduction to the wonderful world of poetry and walks readers through the basics. Get creative while learning about famous poets, as well as poetry movements throughout history.
Love, Life, Goethe: Lessons of the Imagination From the Great German Poet
by John Armstrong
I learned much about poetry (and the German language) through Germany’s greatest poet, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. His poems often intertwine young love with the hauntingly dark, beautiful forests of his homeland.
The Lyrics : 1961-2012
by Bob Dylan
The new novel, Sophomores, by Sean Desmond (which is not the subject of this staff poetry pick), set in Dallas in the late 1980s, has a Jesuit English teacher motivating his student by assigning the work of Bob Dylan. So it seemed I was also assigned Bob Dylan’s poetry. The Lyrics is a tome of a book at 679 pages, but each evening I read a few pages and looked for the influences of great literature, old ballads, country, blues, and road vernacular that are interwoven to create powerful, truthful, intimate storytelling across the decades. They are better sung, but as lyrics they invite this consideration. Dylan’s Nobel Prize lecture cites as lifelong writing influences Moby Dick, The Odyssey, and All Quiet on the Western Front.
100 Love Sonnets
by Pablo Neruda
Originally written in Spanish for his wife, 100 Love Sonnets is translated into English. A sweet dedication of love divided into four stages of the day: morning, afternoon, evening, and night.
How to Fly (in Ten Thousand Easy Lessons)
by Barbara Kingsolver
By one of my favorite fiction authors, this book of poetry collections is beautiful. The poems are full of emotion and rich personal stories and meditations.
With the River on Our Face
by Emmy Perez
Emmy Perez was the 2020 Texas Poet Laureate, and we were honored to have her work with us during a poetry writing program in early February 2021. Her work celebrates the communities and borderlands and is powerful, magical, just as Emmy is. Beautiful work that brings life to many places and people.
The Sun and Her Flowers
by Rupi Kaur
Rupi Kaur is easily one of my favorite female poets; her writing is always so real and raw. In her poetry she touches on love, loss, healing, and femininity as well as trauma and other difficult topics. In her second collection of poetry, her verses and illustrations create a celebration of love in all its forms.