Today’s the day to pick a poem,
carry it with you all day
and share it!
Poem in Your Pocket Day is part of the yearly celebration of National Poetry Month observed every April. You can read all about it here on the website of the Academy of American Poets, as well as find advice and links to help you share poems throughout the day.
Here are some recent additions to the poetry collection at the Syosset Public Library:
Poetry of the First World War: An Anthology edited by Tim Kendall The First World War produced an extraordinary flowering of poetic talent. Its poets mark the conflict in ways that are both intensely personal and as enduring as any monument. Their lines have come to express the feelings of a nation about the horrors and consequences of war. This new anthology provides a definitive record of the achievements of the Great War poets and offers a fresh assessment of the work on the centenary of the Great War’s outbreak.
There is a Special Place: The Poetry of Marilyn Goldsmith There is a Special Place represents a remarkable diversity of pathos and humor, sentiment and conviction. There are keen insights and powerful observations, enhanced by a wonderful gift of language and a true understanding of the versatility and purpose of poetry.
Domestic Uncertainties by Leah Umansky “… is at once delightful and disturbing, illusive and elusive. Her literary and often witty poems are like reflections in a shattered glass that mirror the fractures and disappointments in our un-crafted and witless lives. A masterful wordsmith, she addresses ‘what lies between the lies,’ that distance between reality and imagination, between what is said and what is meant. The pleasure offered by her quirky meditations is surprising and irresistible.”—Nin Andrews
The Earth Avails: Poems by Mark Wunderlich “…evokes an all-but-lost history, when every setting, thought, and action was imbued with ritual: here’s the prayer said in a time of sickness; here’s the blessing spoken upon entering the house; here’s the letter from heaven that protects its holder from harm and misfortune. Rendered in part from folkloric and historical sources, Mark Wunderlich’s poems reinvent these traditions with lyrical and emotive force for a new century of readers.”
Caribou by Charles Wright A collection by the winner of the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award and other prestigious accolades meditates on life and nature while exploring the author’s restless pursuit of a divine reality. A powerfully moving meditation on life and the beyond, from one of our finest American poets.
What I’ve Stolen, What I’ve Earned by Sherman Alexie “One of the major lyric voices of our time” (NY Times Book Review), winner of the National Book Award, Alexie publishes his first new collection of poetry and short prose in six years.
All annotations are from the publishers.
– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services