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National Poetry Month meets National Library Week

New poetry for your reading pleasure!

Olio by Tyehimba Jess

No stranger to awards, Jess just took home the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for this 2016 release. Olio explores African-American song - worksongs, hymns and blues - and through doing so explores African-American history between the Civil War and World War I. 

Whereas by Layli Long Soldier

Through poetry, Long Soldier explores President Obama's little-known 2009 Congressional Resolution of Apology to Native Americans. Compare to Rankine's Citizen in urgency and vibrancy of language and timeliness of topic - but this book truly stands on its own as a powerful debut from a Native American woman author.

Orbit by Cynthia Zarin

Lyrical, masterful and painterly. A carefully curated collection of work - seeing depth in the common objects and common experiences, around which we as humans "orbit."

Incendiary Art by Patricia Smith

Smith takes as her subject black men and their mothers - in particular recalling Emmett Till - pairing history with the present state of our culture and politics to examine mourning, objectification and the role of witness. 

Want more poetry in your life? Don't miss our Ode to Libraries: Poetry Reading on Thursday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m., featuring Kimberly Blaeser, Kavon Cortez Jones, and Matt Cook, with books for sale from Woodland Pattern.



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