National Poetry Month

Although the poetry display on the 3rd floor of the library will only be up for a few more days, we still have several weeks to celebrate National Poetry Month! From haiku to limericks to the classics, there are a number of books in the library to get your poetry fix. Here are a few that might pique your interest:
 
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Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond edited by Tina Chang, Nathalie Handal, and Ravi Shankar

Language for a New Century presents the works of 400 South Asian, East Asian, Middle Eastern, and Central Asian poets as well as the works of those in the Diaspora. This anthology is organized by theme rather than nationality; each section begins with an essay from the editors that introduces the pieces and encourages the reader to reflect on their own sense of self.

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Discovered after his death, the poetry of Tupac Shakur sheds light on the artist’s innermost  thoughts and is shared here in The Rose That Grew from Concrete. These poems, created from the time he was nineteen, are written in Tupac’s own hand and express his honest views on the world in which he lived.

 

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Book of Haikus by Jack Kerouac

Need more Kerouac in your life after seeing On the Road? Book of Haikus highlights Kerouac’s experimentation with haiku throughout his career, a lesser-known talent of the writer. Kerouac scholar Regina Weinreich shares an incomplete draft of a haiku manuscript found in Kerouac’s archives along with a large amount of his other haiku derived from both published and unpublished sources.

 

Happy reading!

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