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April is National Poetry Month and we can't wait to celebrate with you!


While some of you may read poetry all the time there are likely a few of you that maybe haven't picked up a book of poetry since required to in high school or college. If you're ready to dive back in, this is the perfect time to do it!


Browse through our poetry section in-store and use our plentiful shelf-talkers to help you choose what to read next, or you can shop our display table with some of our favorite volumes. Want to go even further? Check out 30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month from Poets.org.


What's on our Poetry Month Table Now?


Goldenrod by Maggie Smith


NATIONAL BESTSELLER

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2021 BY NPR

​​“To read Maggie Smith is to embrace the achingly precious beauty of the present moment.” —Time

“A captivating collection from a wise, accessible poet.” —People

From the award-winning poet and bestselling author of Keep Moving and Good Bones, a stunning poetry collection that celebrates the beauty and messiness of life.


An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo


In this stunning collection, Joy Harjo finds blessings in the abundance of her homeland and confronts the site where the Mvskoke people, including her own ancestors, were forcibly displaced. From her memory of her mother’s death, to her beginnings in the Native rights movement, to the fresh road with her beloved, Harjo’s personal life intertwines with tribal histories to create a space for renewed beginnings.

(Oh, and did we mention Poet Laureate Joy Harjo will be at Word of South this month? We didn't? Well she will be!)



The Five Legs of the Cat by Samiri Hernandez Hiraldo


The Five Legs of the Cat takes the reader on a journey beginning in Puerto Rico to different parts of the world, on foot. The reader does not have to actually be on foot. However, the reader might start seeing legs everywhere, perhaps themselves having more than two legs, like a cat more than two lives.In Puerto Rico there is the common idiom, “She is always looking for the five legs of the cat.” It is said when someone is believed to try to complicate matters by overlooking and overanalyzing the situation. This book leaves it up to the reader to come to their final conclusion.


Sacrilegion by L. Lamar Wilson

*Local Author*

“L. Lamar Wilson reinvents the memoir in verse with the tour de force of his Sacrilegion. With a keen eye that toggles between reverie and our hopes for the future, Wilson offers a salve for any soul that knows what it feels like to be counted out only to fight back toward resurrection. Few collections will move the spirit like this one; from its incantatory moments to those that speak in tongues, you believe, with every line, that this poet does ‘feel everything everywhere else/more than most.’”―A.VAN JORDAN

L. Lamar Wilson also serves as a faculty member in the FSU English Department.


Soft Science by Franny Choi

Soft Science explores queer, Asian American femininity. A series of Turing Test-inspired poems grounds its exploration of questions not just of identity, but of consciousness—how to be tender and feeling and still survive a violent world filled with artificial intelligence and automation. We are dropped straight into the tangled intersections of technology, violence, erasure, agency, gender, and loneliness.



Portrait of the Alcoholic by Kaveh Akbar

"Was it Jung who speculated that alcoholism might be an attempt at a material solution for a spiritual problem? Kaveh Akbar seems able to contain both--he's a demotic, as well as a spiritual, poet (the only type of either I trust). Each word in this little book might rise up from somewhere deep in the earth, but they turn into stars." - Nick Flynn





Moonlight Rests on My Left Palm by Yu Xiuhua

Yu Xiuhua was born with cerebral palsy in Hengdian village in the Hubei Province, in central China. Unable to attend college, travel, or work the land with her parents, Yu remained home where she could help with housework. Eventually she was forced into an arranged marriage that became abusive. She divorced her husband and moved back in with her parents, taking her son with her.

In defiance of the stigma attached to her disability, her status as a divorced single mother, and as a peasant in rural China, Yu found her voice in poetry. Starting in the late 90’s, her writing became a vehicle with which to explore and share her reflections on homesickness, family and ancestry, the reality of disability in the context of a body’s urges and desires.


New Poets of Native Nations by Heid E. Erdrich

New Poets of Native Nations gathers poets of diverse ages, styles, languages, and tribal affiliations to present the extraordinary range and power of new Native poetry. Heid E. Erdrich has selected twenty-one poets whose first books were published after the year 2000 to highlight the exciting works coming up after Joy Harjo and Sherman Alexie. Collected here are poems of great breadth―long narratives, political outcries, experimental works, and traditional lyrics―and the result is an essential anthology of some of the best poets writing now.



When My Brother Was an Aztec by Natalie Diaz

This debut collection is a fast-paced tour of Mojave life and family narrative: A sister fights for or against a brother on meth, and everyone from Antigone, Houdini, Huitzilopochtli, and Jesus is invoked and invited to hash it out. These darkly humorous poems illuminate far corners of the heart, revealing teeth, tails, and more than a few dreams.Natalie Diaz was born and raised on the Fort Mojave Indian Reservation in Needles, California. After playing professional basketball for four years in Europe and Asia, Diaz returned to the states to complete her MFA at Old Dominion University. She lives in Surprise, Arizona, and is working to preserve the Mojave language.


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