Title: Milk and Honey
Author: Rupi Kaur
Dates Read: May 4-5, 2017
Review: I love this book. In it are so many poems that affected me so much that I cried more than once in a single sitting while reading this collection. It’s separated into four chapters: “the hurting,” “the loving,” “the breaking,” and “the healing.” All of the ones that touched me the most deeply are from the chapter on healing. Normally with poetry, I list my favorite poems, but with this book there are so many (and most of them don’t really have titles). I’ll just list my absolute favorite poems/excerpts that I found the most visceral–the excerpts will be in single quotation marks.
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Title: No Coward Soul Is Mine
Author: Emily Brontë
Year: 1993 (Brontë lived from 1818-1848)
Dates Read: April 30 – May 1, 2017
Favorite Poem: “When weary with the long day’s care”
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This post is a bit different from my usual ones because, in the past ten days or so, I’ve read five collections of poetry by Mary Oliver, which is all that we have in the stacks at work. It feels kind of satisfying to have read everything your local library has of one author in its collection. This of course isn’t all that Mary Oliver has written, but I feel like it’s a good overview. So that’s why this is a sort of bulk review, which will mostly be quick snapshots of each book including my favorite poems from each. They are ordered according to when I read them.
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Title: Little Anodynes: Poems
Author: Jon Pineda
Date Read: March 25, 2017
Summary: A collection of poems covering biracial identity, loss, and fatherhood.
Favorite Poems: “Umpteenth,” “Kundiman,” “Ellipses,” and “Little Anodynes”
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