April is National Poetry Month!

It’s April. Join Tyler Libraries as we celebrate poetry during National Poetry Month.

Former Poet Laureate and Virginia native Rita Dove has described poetry as “language at its most distilled and most powerful.” For millennia, people have turned to poetry to communicate their deepest feelings, describe the world around them, grapple with grief, and explore both the human and the divine.

Virginia has fostered the talents of many great poets, as early as Edgar Allen Poe and his hypnotic poem “The Raven.” Several prominent poets of our contemporary era also hail from Virginia: Rita Dove, Claudia Emerson, Kwame Alexander, Nikki Giovanni, Henry Taylor, and Ellen Voigt Bryant.

The following poetry titles are available at the John Tyler Libraries:

OlioOlio by Tyehimba Jess:  Available at Chester & Midlothian PS3610.E874 A6 2016

(from goodreads.com)

Part fact, part fiction, Tyehimba Jess’s much anticipated second book weaves sonnet, song, and narrative to examine the lives of mostly unrecorded African American performers directly before and after the Civil War up to World War I. Olio is an effort to understand how they met, resisted, complicated, co-opted, and sometimes defeated attempts to minstrelize them.


And Still I RiseAnd Still I Rise by Maya Angelou:  Available at Chester & Midlothian PS3551.N464 A8

(from goodreads.com)

In this inspiring poem, Maya Angelou celebrates the courage of the human spirit over the harshest of obstacles. An ode to the power that resides in us all to overcome the most difficult circumstances, this poem is truly an inspiration and affirmation of the faith that restores and nourishes the soul. Entwined with the vivid paintings of Diego Rivera, the renowned Mexican artist, Angelou’s words paint a portrait of the amazing human spirit, its quiet dignity, and pools of strength and courage.

BallisticsBallistics by Billy Collins:

(from goodreads.com):  Available at Midlothian PS3553.O47478 B35 2010

A Billy Collins poem is instantly recognizable. “Using simple, understandable language,” notes USA Today, the two-term U.S. Poet Laureate “captures ordinary life–its pleasure, its discontents, its moments of sadness and of joy.” His everyman approach to writing resonates with readers everywhere and generates fans who would otherwise never give a poem a second glance.

Now, in this stunning new collection, Collins touches on a greater array of subjects–love, death, solitude, youth, and aging–delving deeper than ever before. Ballistics comes at the reader full force with moving and playful takes on life.

Pop SonnetsPop Sonnets: Shakespearean Spins on Your Favorite Songs by Erik Didriksen:

(from goodreads.com): Available at Midlothian PR2877 .D53 2015

The Bard meets the Backstreet Boys in Pop Sonnets, a collection of 100 classic pop songs reimagined as Shakespearean sonnets. All of your favorite artists are represented in these pages—from Bon Jovi and Green Day to Miley Cyrus, Beyoncé, and beyond. Already a smash sensation on the Internet—the Tumblr page has 20,000+ followers—Pop Sonnets has been featured by the A.V. Club, BuzzFeed, and Vanity Fair, among many others. More than half of these pop sonnets are exclusive to this collection and have never been published in any form.

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