April is National Poetry Month and there’s still time to celebrate. Here’s a few staff favorites we’re sure you’ll enjoy.
Collected Poems of e.e. cummings An eminent voice in 20th century literature, e.e. cummings wrote over 2,000 poems in his career. He wrote poetry in many styles such as sonnets, acrostic, free verse, and blues. He is well-known for experimenting with punctuation and sentence structure. Since he was also a painter, he often wanted to “paint a picture” with his words.
Love: ten poems by Pablo Neruda Neruda gained notoriety as a poet in his teenage years. While he wrote many styles of poems, he is well-known for his passionate love poems. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971.
The world will follow joy by Alice Walker Even though Walker is known for her iconic novel The Color Purple, she began by writing poetry. Her works focus on the struggles of racism and sexism. Walker’s writing emphasizes her other role as a human rights activist. She has won many awards, such as the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Color Purple.
Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins Collins is one of the most popular poets in America today because of his accessible style of writing. His poems are witty and quirky, but often turn into something profound by the last verse. He served two terms as the United States Poet Laureate from 2001-2006.
Best American Poetry Are you new to poetry and you don’t know where to start? Check out a copy of the Best American Poetry. Every year they compile a list of the newest poems from the best poets writing in a variety of styles. Maybe you’ll find your next favorite poem or poet.
Delights and shadows by Ted Kooser Like Collins, Kooser is another of the more famous, accessible poets writing today. In his writing, he draws inspiration from the beauty of everyday life and observations. He has served as Poet Laureate of the United States and received the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Delights and Shadows.
The Rose that Grew from Concrete by Tupac Shakur After his death, this collection of his poetry was published. This collection delves even further into this iconic rapper and poet’s innermost world, revealing a message of hope.
Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson Dickinson lived a simple ordinary life. It was not until after her death that her poems were found and published. Many of her poems emphasize the metaphysical in the ordinary. Above all, her poetry is wonderfully human.
For these and other great books of poetry, check out the third floor of the Southfield Public Library. For more information about National Poetry month or for names of other great poets, check out Poets.org. What’s your favorite poem/poet?