Readers’ Corner: October: Random Acts of Poetry Day, Wed, 10/7
Indulge yourself and share a poem, or read one ~
By Bonnie McCune and Kathleen Duhamel ~
Dog Songs. Pulitzer Prize winning poet Mary Oliver’s straightforward style and accessible themes have won her a legion of fans worldwide. Dog Songs is a small collection of short poems expressing her unabashed admiration of dogs, including her own, and the positive impact they have on our lives. (“Because of the dog’s joyfulness, our own is increased. It is no small gift.”) This book would make a treasured memento for anyone who has ever loved a dog.
100 Songs, Bob Dylan. This new collection of the Nobel Laureate’s lyrics is a bold attempt to capture the essence of his extensive song catalog, including the classics (All Along the Watchtower, Blowin’ in the Wind, Like a Rolling Stone) with lesser-known works. Dylan’s genius at creating moving, humorous, and often cryptic poetic lyrics that express the American experience stands on its own. Anyone discovering Dylan’s work, as well as longtime devotees, will enjoy this book as a handy reference.
Inspired by the Library of Congress’s poem-a-day program, headed by then-poet laureate Billy Collins, Poetry 180 presents short, understandable, amusing or thoughtful pieces by contemporary poets. Nothing scary or incomprehensible here! Readers of all ages will enjoy the richness and diversity of the form. Dip in at any page or read from front to back, to discover new poem and voices to cherish. The wide-ranging samples feature the form’s vibrance and abundance. Also available free online through Library of Congress.
News of the World’s author Paulette Giles, known as an excellent poet, hits the ball out of the park with this novel, set after the Civil War. An aging itinerant travels Texas to give live readings from newspapers. He agrees to transport a young, orphaned ex-captive of the Kiowa back to her birth-family while she tries to escape at every opportunity, In this exquisitely rendered, multilayered historical fiction, the mis-matched companions face dangers and personal challenge.
Author Kathleen Duhamel writes humorous contemporary romance featuring “seasoned” characters. Her newest is Fed Up. https://www.kathleenduhamel.com/ Author Bonne McCune’s latest is Never Retreat, a suspenseful romance in Colorado’s wilderness. https://BonnieMcCune.com