Litstack Rec: Without & Feed

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Without, by Donald Hall In celebration of National Poetry Month It doesn’t matter what I’m doing or what time of day or night it is, when I pick up this collection, I read it from first page to last. Published in 1998, Without traces the illness and death from leukemia of Hall’s wife, the poet [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – “The Journey” by Mary Oliver

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For the final Gimbling in the Wabe of this year’s National Poetry Month, I am highlighting a poet who, to me, epitomizes the music that swells inside of us, that is both deeply personal and yet encompasses the omniscience of the beauty and solace of the natural world: Mary Oliver. Winner of both the Pulitzer [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – “Renascence” by Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Edna St. Vincent Millay was already a published poet in her teen years, but it was at age nineteen when she submitted her poem, Renascence, to a contest run by The Lyric Year that the world sat up and took notice – not because it won, but because it didn’t. Ms. Millay’s work – clearly [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – “Home” by Warsan Shire

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April is National Poetry Month, and in honor of that I am stepping a bit out of my comfort zone and posting poems that have spoken to me personally. This week, I give to you a powerful and heart breaking poem by Warsan Shire, a poet and activist who was born in Kenya to Somali [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Allowables by Nikki Giovanni

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It’s April, which has been declared National Poetry Month; a celebration of poetry created in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. I’m not a poetry aficionado; much of it is way over my head. But some of it – oh, [….]

LitStack Rec: my name on his tongue & Hild

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my name on his tongue, by Laila Halaby In the climate of inflamed rhetoric about immigrants that has predominated in this election year, a small, quiet book like Laila Halaby’s my name on his tongue can speak volumes. In her first book of poetry, published in 2012, Halaby mines issues of identity, geography and the [….]

LitStack Rec: Spring and All & Wonderbook

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 Spring and All, William Carlos Willams In the frenzy that was my final term of grad school, I signed up for a seminar on Spring and All, by the classic American poet, William Carlos Williams. It would have been fine had I been studying poetry, but I was on the fiction track, and so began [….]

LitStack Recs: my name on his tongue & Never Let Me Go

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my name on his tongue, by Laila Halaby In her first book of poetry, published in 2012, Halaby mines issues of identity, geography and the dislocation that comes from inhabiting two worlds. Halaby, the author of two novels, and recipient of a PEN/Beyond Margins Award, calls this volume a memoir in poems: a story of [….]

LitStack Rec: ‘Fruits & Vegetables’ and ‘Renascence and Other Poems’

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Fruits & Vegetables Erica Jong Long before Fear of Flying, before Erica Jong’s now-classic novel described an era with its knowing and irreverent voice, she wrote a small book of poetry titled Fruits & Vegetables (note the ampersand, as we’ll return to that in a moment). Fear of Flying, after it was released in 1973, [….]

Gaiman Celebrates National Poetry Month With An Original Piece

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New York Times bestselling author and darling of the spec fic crowd (and the world), Neil Gaiman, wrote an original poem in celebration of National Poetry Month. Published on Tor.com, Gaiman’s “House” is accompanied with an illustration by Allen Williams. The poem was acquired for Tor.com by consulting editor Ellen Datlow.   “House” Sometimes I [….]