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Entries from April 2014

Poems Work

April 21st, 2014 · Comments Off on Poems Work

In honor of national poetry month (and because it is a peaceful slowly unwinding Monday morning) I typed Poems Work into our SLU Libraries Encore search, and, my goodness, did I get back an interesting list of books.  So interesting I did indeed feel motivated to blog out what poems work.  Here is a baker’s dozen from this serendipitous phrase:


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George Herbert

April 16th, 2014 · Comments Off on George Herbert

Writing in The Guardian Nicholas Lezard writes glowingly of John Drury’s new biography of George Herbert, Music at Midnight, the Life and Poetry of George Herbert. This is a book I’m sure we’ll have in the collection soon, and it is a nice opportunity to pause over George Herbert, who is, for many readers, a life-long reading excursion:

Some of the more recent book length critical commentaries on Herbert in ODY include Heart-work : George Herbert and the Protestant Ethic by Cristina Malcolmson, Invisible Listeners: Lyric Intimacy in Herbert, Whitman, and Ashbery by  Helen Vendler, and The Pulse of Praise: Form as a Second Self in the Poetry of George Herbert by Julia Carolyn Guernsey.


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Jim Harrison

April 14th, 2014 · Comments Off on Jim Harrison

Full disclosure, Jim Harrison is one of this bloggers favorite authors.  Along with his many novels, he is the author of a number of poetry volumes, his voice and narrative touch very much “front and center” in his poems.  Among the titles we have here in ODY are:

All of these are published by the wonderful Copper Canyon press (they’re very attractive books) and the volume with Ted Kooser is an exchange in haiku. That book is a great example of haiku as an enduring (flourishing) form of American poetry…

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Gerald Stern

April 9th, 2014 · Comments Off on Gerald Stern

This years recipient of the Poetry Society of America‘s Frost Medal is Gerald Stern.  We have a number of volumes by Mr. Stern, including:

We also have one book length critical study on Gerald Stern, Making the Light Come: The Poetry of Gerald Stern by Jane Somerville.


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New Poetry

April 8th, 2014 · Comments Off on New Poetry

An annual April “National Poetry Month” post…a baker’s dozen of new collections of poems at the SLU Libraries:

May of these are found in the Browsing Collection on the shelves near our Paul and Anne Piskor Special Collections Reading Room…

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National Poetry Month

April 4th, 2014 · Comments Off on National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month…reading the April 2014 edition of Poetry Magazine I learned that Maxine Kumin had died in February at her home in Warner New Hampshire.  So while not a glad note to sound early in National Poetry Month, it is one that nonetheless gives us pause to celebrate her wonderful poetry and prose, a brief overview of books by and about her:

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Baseball Books

April 1st, 2014 · Comments Off on Baseball Books

Baseball season begins, a new season and all the new hope that goes with a new season. Of course, as pleasant as idling a summer afternoon away with a baseball game on the lawn or t.v., is reading about baseball! (…in the shade from a tree or cool corner of a porch…) Several summers ago blogging here we cataloged part of the collection of baseball books, which has grown since (not only was 2013 a good year for the Red Sox it was a good year for ODY buying baseball books). These new titles are given here as a “starting line-up”:

The last title is a Library of America edition edited by Ian Frazier–Lardner is the author of the short story “You Know Me Al,” and one of the great baseball writers of the early twentieth century.  If you don’t know Ring Lardner’s work there is an imperative read for at least one summer inning.

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