Off the Shelf: Poetry
Posted April 12, 2021
By Sarah Myers
Mobile Library Services Librarian with the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library
April is National Poetry Month! Poetry is easy to enjoy and doesn’t have to be studied intensely like you did in high school or college. It just takes a minute or two to read a poem, and poetry books don’t even have to be read from cover to cover!
Here are five reasons you should give poetry a chance:
|1. Poetry touches on a variety of themes and each poet brings a slightly different style and feel.
The Best American Poetry 2020 by Paisley Rekdal, editor; David Lehman, series editor
|2. Poetry can showcase and celebrate voices that are traditionally oppressed.
African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song by Kevin Young
|3. Poetry can be an outlet for artists who usually express themselves in other ways.
Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass by Lana Del Rey
|4. Poetry can be a tribute to the wisdom that comes with age and life experience.
Dearly: New Poems by Margaret Atwood presents poems on aging and womanhood, which are topics not commonly celebrated nor discussed. She is genuine and relevant while discussing the darker parts of life’s experiences. Plus, if you’re a fan of legendary Margaret Atwood this is a must-read!
|5. Poetry can portray a strong sense of time and place which can help us to escape from our daily lives.
Love and Other Poems by Alex Dimitrov is a love letter to life and to his coming of age. Hopeful, energetic, and grateful for the simplicity of his daily rituals, his poetry will encourage readers to appreciate the beauty of the mundane. His love for his home, New York City, shines throughout this collection and creates a beautiful backdrop for regrets, heartbreak, and the exciting potential of new love and friendships. “My Secret” (page 37) and “The Weather of Our Lives” (page 89) are two great poems to start with.