Monday, April 4, 2011

april showers bring poems, flowers

it is hard to believe it is already april.  and while i love to see the azaleas in full bloom, and the blush of spring everywhere, i can't get over how fast the months pass us by. in celebration of poetry month, aside from trying to write and write and write, i thought i would mention some poetry collections that i think everyone should pick up right now! so what's on your bookshelf now, the poems you can't put down?  here are some of the books taking over my office, that i am making my way through:

Souvenirs of a Shrunken World by Holly Iglesias
No Rattling of Sabers: An Anthology of Israeli War Poetry translations by Esther Raizen
Thirteen Departures From the Moon by Deema K. Shehabi
You & Yours by Naomi Shihab Nye
Wreckage by Ha Jin

i guess much of what i read is influenced by where my mind is these days. still wondering where the end to all this international conflict lies, i am still heavily influenced by war poetry.  still heavily influenced by the way these conflicts affect all of us, and will always affect us.  perhaps reading through the way others have approached battle and conflict, grief, destruction, redemption, and the joy that can follow the end of war time eras, gives fuel and hope? shadows of understanding?

it's april! here's to celebrating spring blooms and life and poetry.

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