April was poetry month! The theme for 2022 is intimacy. Intimacy can be the shared laugh or glance between strangers, a moment of comfort. It can be romantic, platonic, familial, or spiritual. Get intimate with poetry for National Poetry Month. BWG Library has poetry books for all ages – this week’s picks feature a few of our most recent additional to our poetry collection.
Call Us What We Carry: Poems by Amanda Gorman
The presidential inaugural poet - and unforgettable new voice in American poetry - presents a collection of poems that includes the stirring poem read at the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States.
A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure by Hoa Nguyen
Hoa Nguyen’s latest collection is a poetic meditation on historical, personal, and cultural pressures pre- and post-Fall of Saigon and comprises a verse biography on her mother, Diep Anh Nguyen, a stunt motorcyclist in an all-woman Vietnamese circus troupe. Multilayered, plaintive, and provocative, the poems in A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure are alive with archive and inhabit histories.
The book of healing: selected poetry and prose by Najwa Zebian
Selected by the author and organized by topic, the pieces in this collection address themes such as letting go, understanding self-worth, and stepping into your own power. Perfect for readers looking to overcome pain, heal from trauma, and rebuild a strong sense of self.
Broken dawn blessings: poems by Adam Sol
"Trillium Book Award-winning poet Adam Sol's newest collection is made up of poems that are loosely linked to the traditional Jewish morning prayers, the Birchot haShachar, which try to find moments of blessing in the midst of personal and public pain, shame, and worry How do we respond to others' pain, both the pain of those we love and the larger global pain of those we don't know?
How she read: poems by Chantal M. Gibson
How She Read is a collection of genre-blurring poems about the representation of Black women, their hearts, minds and bodies, across the Canadian cultural imagination. Supported by the voices of Black women writers, the poems unloose the racist misogyny, myths, tropes and stereotypes women of colour continue to navigate every day. Thoughtful, sassy, reflective and irreverent, How She Read leaves a Black mark on the landscape as it illustrates a writer's journey from passive receiver of racist ideology to active cultural critic in the process of decolonizing her mind.