April is National Poetry Month. The library blog will spotlight different kinds of poetry throughout the month. We will also be recommending poets throughout the month so stay tuned for this celebration of humanity’s amazing art form!

What poets do you admire?

 Siegfried Sassoon & Wilfred Owen: Both are widely seen as one of the most important British military poets of the First World War.  Typically these two are ever mentioned as examples. – Blaze Pappas

Poets of World War I by Rupert Smith, editor
Available at Midlothian

Poetry of the First World War: an Anthology by Tim Kendall, editor
Available at Midlothian

The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief & Healing by Kevin Young, editor
Available at Chester



Theodore Roethke:  Lots of poetry can be melancholy, but Theodore Roethke’s poetry is also very poignant and thoughtful. He’s very over-looked in the study of modern poetry. – Rebeca Parrott

Straw for the Fire: from the Notebooks of Theodore Roethke, 1943-63 by Theodore Roethke
Available at Chester



Larry Levis:  This poet makes the ordinary extraordinary with his beautiful winding words and imagery. He also once taught at VCU. – Drury Wellford

New American Poets of the ’90s by Jack Elliot Myers & Roger Weingarten, editors
Available at Chester & Midlothian


Robert Burns: I have enjoyed the poetry of Robert Burns.  His descriptions of rural life as well as his choice of vocabulary, including invented words, make reading his work fun.  I have fond memories of my sons asking me to read “To a Mouse” over and over again. – Jacqueline Henshaw-Anderson

The Complete Songs and Poems of Robert Burns by Robert Burns
Available at Midlothian

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