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By Akiane, Foreli Kramarik. 2006
Experience the wonder of child prodigy Akaine Kramarik&’s divinely inspired artwork firsthand.Akiane&’s nonreligious parents were bewildered when their four-year-old daughter…started sharing her dreams of angels, heaven, and Jesus. Her spiritual insight quickly expressed itself through impressive sketches, drawings with oil crayons, paintings, and eventually poetry, and her artwork began a conversation that brought her whole family to Christianity and to the attention of national media. Akiane: Her Life, Her Art, Her Poetry shares the young artist&’s story in rich detail, includingher mother&’s firsthand account of Akiane&’s emerging faith and artistic talent;a collection of full-color paintings created by Akiane from ages 4 to 10, along with the amazing stories that surround each piece of art; andselected poems of profound beauty and insight, authored by Akiane in her childhood.This book will encourage any who believe in the spiritual nature of art and reinvigorate the faith of those who call Jesus their savior.
By Ama Codjoe. 2022
Ama Codjoe’s highly anticipated debut collection brings generous light to the inner dialogues of women as they bathe, create art,…make and lose love. Each poem rises with the urgency of a fully awakened sensual life. Codjoe’s poems explore how the archetype of the artist complicates the typical expectations of women: be gazed upon, be silent, be selfless, reproduce. Dialoguing with and through art, Bluest Nude considers alternative ways of holding and constructing the self. From Lorna Simpson to Gwendolyn Brooks to Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, contemporary and ancestral artists populate Bluest Nude in a choreography of Codjoe’s making. Precise and halting, this finely wrought, riveting collection is marked by an acute rendering of highly charged emotional spaces. Purposefully shifting between the role of artist and subject, seer and seen, Codjoe’s poems ask what the act of looking does to a person—public looking, private looking, and that most intimate, singular spectacle of looking at one’s self. What does it mean to see while being seen? In poems that illuminate the tension between the possibilities of openness and and its impediments, Bluest Nude offers vulnerability as a medium to be immersed in and, ultimately, shared as a kind of power: “There are as many walls inside me / as there are bones at the bottom of the sea,” Codjoe writes in the masterful titular poem. “I want to be seen clearly or not at all.” “The end of the world has ended,” Codjoe’s speaker announces, “and desire is still / all I crave.” Startling and seductive in equal measure, this formally ambitious collection represents a powerful, luminous beginning.
By Sasha LaPointe. 2023
A wild, seductive debut poetry collection by the author of Red Paint evoking pain, healing, and a spellbinding brew of…folklore, movies, music, and ritual.“Draw me encircled / in something / other than gasoline.” The poems of Rose Quartz hum with the naked energy of one who has found her way home after a journey rife with difficulty and who has the scars to show for it. In them, Sasha taqwš?blu LaPointe moves from intimate scenes of peril—a car accident, an unwelcome advance at a party, a miscarriage—to the salvific, exhilarating punk scene of the Pacific Northwest and the centering shores of her Coast Salish ancestors. Along the way, she peers into the darker corners of her own search for belonging, and finds there glittering stones dense with meaning and the power to move forward.As game to follow a beckoning Laura Palmer into the burning woods as she is to step into the shoes of Little Red Riding Hood as she lays waste to her wolf, LaPointe explores the sublime space between beauty and danger through lush, almost baroque, use of folktale and color. Red, white, blue, and an amalgam that is none of the above—rose—vie for the speaker’s embrace as a mixed-race woman. Here, poems become offerings, rituals, incantations conjured in the name of healing and power.Like the stones and cards laid on an altar, Rose Quartz offers a reading at the intersection of identity and myth, trauma and truth, telling the story of past, present, and future.“LaPointe conveys with dazzling intensity that while our healing is in our own hands, we need not be alone.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune
By D. J Steinberg. 2020
A book for all preschoolers-to-be from the author of Kindergarten, Here I Come! From saying goodbye to parents on the…very first day of school to watching butterflies hatch in spring, D. J. Steinberg celebrates all the landmark moments of preschool. Because the year is full of so many firsts, this collection of funny, joyful poems is a must-have for all small scholars in the making
By Joshua Bennett. 2023
A "rich hybrid of memoir and history" ( The New Yorker ) of the literary art form that has transformed…the cultural landscape, by one of its influential practitioners, an award-winning poet, professor, and slam champion "Bennett…transport[s] us back to the city blocks, bars, cafes and stages these artists traversed and inhabited…an instructive text for young poets, artists or creative entrepreneurs trying to find a way to carve out a space for themselves…Shines with a refreshing dynamism." — The New York Times In 2009, when he was twenty years old, Joshua Bennett was invited to perform a spoken word poem for Barack and Michelle Obama, at the same White House "Poetry Jam" where Lin-Manuel Miranda declaimed the opening bars of a work-in-progress that would soon revolutionize American theater. That meeting is but one among many in the trajectory of Bennett's young life, as he rode the cresting wave of spoken word through the 2010s. In this book, he goes back to its roots, considering the Black Arts movement and the prominence of poetry and song in Black education; the origins of the famed Nuyorican Poets Cafe in the Lower East Side living room of the visionary Miguel Algarín, who hosted verse gatherings with legendary figures like Ntozake Shange and Miguel Piñero; the rapid growth of the "slam" format that was pioneered at the Get Me High Lounge in Chicago; the perfect storm of spoken word's rise during the explosion of social media; and Bennett's own journey alongside his older sister, whose work to promote the form helped shape spaces online and elsewhere dedicated to literature and the pursuit of human freedom. A celebration of voices outside the dominant cultural narrative, who boldly embraced an array of styles and forms and redefined what—and whom—the mainstream would include, Bennett's book illuminates the profound influence spoken word has had everywhere melodious words are heard, from Broadway to academia, from the podiums of political protest to cafés, schools, and rooms full of strangers all across the world
By Whitney Hanson. 2023
From TikTok phenomenon Whitney Hanson, a brand-new collection of poems exploring the cadences of love, loss, grief, and healingi am…finally finding a balance,a great harmonybetween the lossand the love,between who i wasand who i have becomeIn this exquisite poetry collection, Whitney Hanson, chronicles the loss of a loved one, tracing the progression of grief and healing through the lens of music.We each begin with a simple note, but as life progresses, we&’re led to the next note, and the next—all of which combine to form the melody of a song and a life. As life becomes more complicated and complex, we find that loss, grief, and heartache can muffle our music, making the world go silent.But as Whitney&’s poems show, all of these rests and pauses in the music are part of the composition of life, and it is only by moving through the variations that we can find the harmony and grace that come with healing.
By Galway Kinnell. 2017
The essential collection by the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winner who was &“one of the true master poets of…his generation&” (The New York Times). In the words of Galway Kinnell, it is &“the poet&’s job to figure out what&’s happening within oneself, to figure out the connection between the self and the world, and to get it down in words that have a lasting shape, that have a chance of lasting.&” With this deeply probing and restlessly curious sensibility, Kinnell spend decades producing some of American poetry&’s most beloved and revered works. This comprehensive volume includes Kinnell&’s expansive poem of immigrant life on the Lower East Side of New York, &“The Avenue Bearing the Initial of Christ into the New World,&”; his incantatory book-length poem, The Book of Nightmares; and a searing evocation of Hiroshima in &“The Fundamental Project of Technology.&” It covers the iconic themes of Kinnell&’s middle years—eros, family, and the natural world—in works such as &“After Making Love We Hear Footsteps,&” &“The Bear,&” &“Saint Francis and the Sow,&” and &“Blackberry Eating.&” And includes the unflinchingly introspective work of his later years. Spanning six decades, this is the essential collection for old and new devotees of Galway Kinnell: &“a poet of the rarest ability…who can flesh out music, raise the spirits, and break the heart&” (Boston Globe).
By Divya Victor. 2017
kith [noun] one's friends, acquaintances, neighbours, or relations.In Kith, award-winning writer Divya Victor engages Indian-American diasporic culture in the twentieth…century, via an autobiographical account that explores what 'kith' might mean outside of the national boundaries of those people belonging to the Indian and South East Asian diasporas.Through an engagement with the effects of globalization on identity formation, cultural and linguistic exchange, and demographic difference, Kith explores questions about race and ethnic difference: How do 'brownness' and 'blackness' emerge as traded commodities in the transactions of globalization? What are the symptoms of belonging? How and why does 'kith' diverge from 'kin,' and what are the affects and politics of this divergence? Historically-placed and well-researched, Kith is an unflinching and simultaneous account of both systemic and interpersonal forms of violence and wounding in the world today.
By Ishion Hutchinson. 2023
A stunning memorial work that excavates the forgotten experience of West Indian soldiers during World War I.Deep-dyed in language both…sensuous and biblical, Ishion Hutchinson's School of Instructions memorializes the experience of West Indian soldiers volunteering in British regiments in the Middle East during World War I. The poem narrates the psychic and physical terrors of these young Black fighters in as they struggle against the colonial power they served; their story overlaps with that of Godspeed, a schoolboy living in rural Jamaica of the 1990s. This visionary collision, in which the horizontal, documentary shape of the narrative is interrupted by sudden lyric effusions, unsettles both time and event, mapping great moments of heroism onto the trials of everyday existence It reshapes grand gestures of heroism in a music of supple, vigilant intensity. Elegiac, epochal and lyrical, School of Instructions confronts the legacy of imperial silencing and weaves shards of remembrance—"your word mass / your mix match / your jamming of elements"—into a unique form of survival. It is a masterpiece of imaginative recuperation by a poet of prodigious gifts.
Of interest to interdisciplinary historians as well as those in various other fields, this book presents the first publication of…14 poems ranging from 12 to 3,000 lines. The poems are printed in the chronological order of their composition, from Elizabethan to Augustan times, but nine of them are verse translations of works from earlier periods in the development of alchemy. Each has a textual and historical introduction and explanatory note by the Editor. Renaissance alchemy is acknowledged as an important element in the histories of early modern science and medicine. This book emphasises these poems’ expression of and shaping influence on religious, social and political values and institutions of their time too and is a useful reference work with much to offer for cultural studies and literary studies as well as science and history.
The perfect listen for the green-fingered - hilarious and touching poems on a gardening theme written and introduced by the…nation's favourite gardener and presenter of ITV's Love Your Garden, Channel 5's Secrets of the National Trust and with his own show on Classic FM.From touching poems on the peony, the snowdrop and the sweet pea to hilarious verse on Emily the Gardener and the Garden Design Course, this is Alan Titchmarsh's heartfelt and entertaining celebration of his favourite space - the garden.(P) 2020 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
By Emily Hauser. 2023
How the idea of the author was born in the battleground of genderWhen Sappho sang her songs, the only word…that existed to describe a poet was a male one—aoidos, or “singer-man.” The most famous woman poet of ancient Greece, whose craft was one of words, had no words with which to talk about who she was and what she did. In How Women Became Poets, Emily Hauser rewrites the story of Greek literature as one of gender, arguing that the ways the Greeks talked about their identity as poets constructed, played with, and broke down gender expectations that literature was for men alone. Bringing together recent studies in ancient authorship, gender, and performativity, Hauser offers a new history of classical literature that redefines the canon as a constant struggle to be heard through, and sometimes despite, gender.Women, as Virginia Woolf recognized, need rooms of their own in order to write. So, too, have women writers through history needed a name to describe what it is they do. Hauser traces the invention of that name in ancient Greece, exploring the archaeology of the gendering of the poet. She follows ancient Greek poets, philosophers, and historians as they developed and debated the vocabulary for authorship on the battleground of gender—building up and reinforcing the word for male poet, then in response creating a language with which to describe women who write. Crucially, Hauser reinserts women into the traditionally all-male canon of Greek literature, arguing for the centrality of their role in shaping ideas around authorship and literary production.
By Henry Longfellow. 1963
Longfellow revives the excitement of the American Revolution in his ballad of Paul Revere, who races on horseback to warn…the Colonists that the British are coming by sea. For grades 3-6
By A. A Milne. 1961
First written to amuse the author's young son, this companion collection to Now we are six (BR2188) contains poems which…have become favorites of many children and adults. For grades K-3
By A. A Milne. 1961
A collection of nonsense poems about such characters as the proud knight whose armor didn't squeak, and King John, who…wants a big, red, rubber ball for Christmas. For grades 2-4
By Robert Smithdas. 1966
By Felicia Lamport. 1982
Collection of witty and lightheartedly satirical poems that poke fun at modern men and women and their troubles. In particular,…the verses zero in on topics such as politics, dieting, gardening, middle age and other crises, sexual peccadilloes, and tennis
By M. L Rosenthal. 1987
The author, a noted critic, offers a model of humanistic criticism that emphasizes the vulnerability, honesty, and subjectivity of poetry.…Quotations for illustration are drawn from a wide range of poets including Dante, Sylvia Plath, Ezra Pound, Langston Hughes, and Gary Snyder
By David Hopkins, Paul Hammond. 2005
This volume completes the five-volume Longman Annotated Poets Edition of the poems of John Dryden, the major poet of Restoration…England. It provides a modernized text along with full explanatory annotation. The poems include Dryden's spirited translation from Ovid, Homer, Chaucer, and Boccaccio.This volume presents, in newly-edited texts and with a substantial editorial commentary, the complete non-dramatic poetry of John Dryden’s later years. It contains the full text of Dryden’s final collection, Fables Ancient and Modern, including its prose Dedication and Preface, together with a number of other poems of the late 1690s, and some posthumously published items.
This book gives an insight into panegyrics, a genre central to understanding medieval Near Eastern Society. Poets in this multi-ethnic…society would address the majority of their verse to rulers, generals, officials, and the urban upper classes, its tone ranging from celebration to reprimand and even to threat.