Poem of the Day, April 19: Vacation on the Body of Christ’s Beach, Susannah W. Simpson

“In Geography of Love and Exile, Susannah Simpson explores the deepest of human desires: to belong to this world. Through language translucent with longing, she introduces us to her many worlds… To read this remarkable collection is to explore how the places in our lives shape who we are–and

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Poem of the Day, April 18: Incident, Natasha Tretheway

Through elegiac verse that honors her mother and tells of her own fraught childhood, Natasha Trethewey confronts the racial legacy of her native Deep South–where one of the first black regiments, the Louisiana Native Guards, was called into service during the Civil War. Trethewey’s resonant and beguiling collection is a

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Poem of the Day, April 17: Zarzyski Meets the Copenhagen Angel, Paul Zarzyski

Paul Zarzyski (“rhymes with bar whiskey”) left his Hurley, Wisconsin home ground in the fall of ’73 for Missoula, where he studied creative writing at the University of Montana, received his MFA degree, and later taught. While teaching in The Program and riding bareback broncs on the ProRodeo Circuit, he

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Poem of the Day, April 16: River Burial, Cathy Sosnowksy

Holding On: Poems for Alex is a collection of poems for a teenage son who died. It is prefaced by an eloquent prose account of the author’s personal grief journey. Written eight years after the accidental death of her only birth child, this collection describes her initial suicidal despair and

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Poem of the Day, April 15: Tell Me More (Part I), Carolyn Jennings

Hunger Speaks: a memoir told in poetry is the story of reclaiming a life from an eating disorder. The poems are a series of doors opened, first to see and speak secrets, hidden and repressed, silenced under the eating compulsions—and then through the spiral journey into new ways to live. 

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Poem of the Day, April 14: A Light in the Place, Jennifer Bosveld

In Prayers to Protest: Poems That Center & Bless Us, there are rants and protests. But mostly, there are poems, however you might label them, that have centered and blessed those who penned them. There are paradise islands here upon which to get lost and found again. These subjects

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Poem of the Day, April 13: Wander, Sibyl Dana Reynolds

Radiantly illustrated by Pulitzer Prize winning graphic artist Karen Blessen,  Be An Angel defines our divine guardians’ personalities and missions and provides a wealth of tips on how to be an angel here on earth. The book includes nineteen angels, including the Angels of Nature, Children, the Traveler, Friends. I

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Poem of the Day, April 12: Poetry to Go, Young Poets

Poetry to Go features line-limited poetry written by teenagers and displayed on Regional Transportation District (RTD) buses in the seven-county Denver metro area. The Denver Branch of National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW) began displaying teen poetry on buses in 2000. There’s a certain magic to the idea of

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Poem of the Day, April 11: Going on Without Him, Alma Maria Rolfs

Opening Again to Music is a collection of poems that follows the author’s grief journey as she processes the traumatic loss of her young adult son. Jeremy was a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa when his mother, my poetry therapy friend and colleague Alma Rolfs, was

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Poem of the Day, April 10: When You Leave Us, Joy Sawyer

Poetry heals. That simple premise is the heart of the work of the National Association for Poetry Therapy (NAPT), which offers this gathering of healing poems written and collected after September 11, 2001 with Giving Sorrow Words: Poems of Strength and Solace. Then-poet laureate Billy Collins, Robert Bly, Lawrence

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