Poem 1: \"The Autocross\" by Olivia GatwoodWhy You Should Read It: \"The Autocross\" appears in two of Gatwood's collections that you can get at the library (New American Best Friend and Life of the Party). Both collections are deeply and fiercely feminist while exploring what it means to navigate what is so often a man's world while being a woman. It's hard for me to pick a favorite from Gatwood because everything she does is so good. That said, I think \"The Autocross\" really highlights everything Gatwood does well. She paints a scene with sparse language and a deliberate structure before building to a final stanza that packs a punch. I tend to describe a lot of sharp, smart writing as \"having teeth.\" For this poem I'll go one step further and say it has a bite in the best way.
Poem 2: \"the sign you've been waiting for\" by amanda lovelaceWhy You Should Read It: Lovelace became popular after posting her poetry to instagram and tumblr. She also self-published her first collection, the princess saves herself in this one, (where this poem appears) to much acclaim before it was reprinted by a traditional publisher and became more widely available. Since then, she has branched out to author multiple poetry collections, an oracle deck, a writing journal, and more. It's no understatement to say lovelace's work has become an exemplar not just of what modern poetry can look like but what it can accomplish. Her debut collection is filled with powerful messages and vivid imagery. This poem is one of my favorites because it is so visual and also so affirming.
Poem 3: \"The Woods\" by Christine HeppermanWhy You Should Read It: \"The Woods\" appears in Hepperman's collection Poisoned Apples: Poems For You My Pretty. In this collection Hepperman presents 50 poems that bring fairy tale themes and imagery together with modern girlhood. This first poem in the collection sets the tone for this clever, utterly feminist book that demonstrates how every poem can be a story.
Poem 4: \"hunger\" by rupi kaurWhy You Should Read It: Kaur is another big name when it comes to so-called social media poets. Like amanda lovelace, kaur's roots are in social media where she first gained popularity on instagram. Kaur's poems are modern, vivid, and offer a unique reading experience (often accompanied by illustrations) that is changing what poetry means. hunger can be found in kaur's collection the sun and her flowers. I especially appreciate the economy of language and the way that allows this poem to hyper-focus on one scene and all of the emotional resonance behind it.
Poem 5: \"Have You Ever\" by Mahogany L. BrowneWhy You Should Read It: This poem appears in Browne's novel Vinyl Moon. Five weeks ago Angel was dating Darius and she still believed he loved her. Now as she settles in with Uncle Spence, gets used to Brooklyn, and lets herself heal after the disastrous incident with Darius, Angel isn't sure what to believe or what comes next. This book blends prose and poetry to create a very unique reading experience (one I recommend as an audiobook too) set right here in Brooklyn. Angel's journey to understand her own past while discovering a love for books, poetry, and music is empowering, hopeful, and not to be missed.
Poem 6: \"Lawless Spaces\" by Corey Ann HayduWhy You Should Read It: Okay. This one is a bit of a cheat because Lawless Spaces is a full verse novel, not just one poem. Haydu's intergenerational story introduces readers to the Dovewick family and tackles the isolation and loss of the pandemic (specifically 2020's quarantine months) while also exploring what it means to carry generational trauma. Lawless Spaces is powerful, ultimately healing, and easily my favorite book of the year. The poem below is an excerpt from near the beginning that I think shows you why this book is worth a look.
The notebook is blueand inside are three poemsabout mein my mother's curvy, swervy handwriting.It is the beginning of something that she gets tostart and I guess it's my job tofinish--which isthe story of myself, or at least the story ofright now.
\"Here,\" she says. \"Happy birthday.\"It is not a gift wrapped in silver paper,it is not the things I wanted--gold eye shadow and a ring lightfor doing live posts.It is just itself.Soft-covered and lined,crisp paper;a lot of it. The poems she's written about me areshortand mostly about who I waswhen I was little and we wereclose. I guess she doesn't know what to say about menow. I guess I don'teither.
Poem 7: \"On a Pink Moon\" by Ada LimónWhy You Should Read It: I would be remiss in sharing a roundup of some of my favorite women poets if I didn't include Ada Limón. Limón is one of those interesting poets whose work you might have already stumbled across online browsing for poetry but whose work has also received a fair bit of critical acclaim and numerous awards. Like a lot of the authors here, it's hard for me to pick just one poem to share but after much deliberation I think On a Pink Moon is a great introduction to her work. \"On a Pink Moon\" appears in Limón's collectionThe Carrying.
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Madison Public Library is celebrating National Poetry Month by posting a poem a day throughout the entire month of April. Selections have been curated/contributed by the library's Poet-in-Residence - Angie Trudell Vasquez - and library staff.
The first stanza is also filled with allusions. Giovanni references a real performance that she and her family would listen to on the radio. These performers include Nat King Cole, Matt Dennis, June Christy, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughn. Her references to these performers are important because it places the reader in a specific time period. Knowing that Giovanni is discussing what it was like growing up in the 1950s in Knoxville indicates some of the issues that could (and do) pop up later in the poem. This was a dark time in the American South: segregation and racism were rampant, and Giovanni is a little black girl during that period.
Mrs. Long asking what are you looking for todayWhen I wanted Leaves of Grass or alfred north whiteheadShe would go to the big library uptown and I now knowHat in hand to ask to borrow so that I might borrow
Louise Glück is the author of two collections of essays and more than a dozen books of poems. Her many awards include the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature, the 2015 National Humanities Medal, the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for The Wild Iris, the 2014 National Book Award for Faithful and Virtuous Night, the 1985 National Book Critics Circle Award for The Triumph of Achilles, the 2001 Bollingen Prize, the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poems 1962-2012, and the 2008 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets. She teaches at Yale University and Stanford University and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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There are many tools and resources you or a librarian at your local library can use to identify a poem whose title and author you can't recall. Use the table of contents below to explore these options.
It is often possible to identify a long-lost poem by going to an Internet search engine and searching on unique names, places, words, or phrases that appear in the poem; potential words in the poem's title; or the poet's possible first or last name.
Several companies now offer large-scale book search databases. When searching these databases, you are searching the full text of thousands, if not millions, of digitized books. The results you will receive may be digitized images of the pages on which your search terms appear, snippet views of your search terms and several sentences surrounding it, or a citation to the publication that includes your search terms (which you can use to locate the work through a local library). If the book is no longer under copyright, you'll usually be able to browse the full text of the book to read the entire poem and determine whether it's the correct one. If the book is still under copyright, you can typically browse several pages before and after your search results (enough to read the complete text of shorter poems). In addition, the four major book databases mentioned below also often allow users to limit their search to the full text of individual books.
Select Books from the drop-down menu at the top of the page to limit your search to books, or use the Advanced search page for higher-precision searching. Many entries for books include a \"Look Inside\" option that allows you to conduct a keyword search of the full-text of a book, which can help you determine if a poem in it is the correct one.
Library catalogs do not typically index poems published in books, and as such are useful primarily when trying to identify a long poem published as a book. If you are searching for a short poem, feel free to skip this section. If you are searching for a poem published as a book and would like to search a library catalog for it, a catalog will usually allow you to limit searches for book records by a number of criteria, including publication date, intended audience (juvenile or adult),