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Reading List: May 2016

By Lindsay Garbutt The Reading List is a feature of Poetry magazine's Editors' Blog. This month contributors to the May 2016 issue share some books that held their interest. Robert Adamson I have just received my copy of Peter O'Leary's new book The Sampo. Show More Summary

Chess: History's Best Game?

Humans love playing games. Some have even postulated that the entire meaning of existence is a game in which the objective is to overthrow the creator of the universe. When Nietzsche quipped, "God is dead" (which was first said by the philosopher, Hegel, FYI) the celebration of the existential end game seemed conspicuously absent. Show More Summary

"The Passage" trilogy comes to an end in "The City of Mirrors"

Six Junes ago, I read Justin Cronin's post-apocalyptic thriller, The Passage, and I was blown away. During my read I was amazed by the sheer volume of events and ideas he could write about, as well as how well he could do it. The story...Show More Summary

A Book That Unfolds the Truth About Men and Romance

Having a tough time connecting? Is your marriage dull? Is your relationship going downhill and your partner doesn't even know it? "The Naked Truth About Men (And Romance)" is an eye-opening, empowering, and motivational read. Katheryn...Show More Summary

Dear Fang, With Love: A Chat With Novelist Rufi Thorpe

In acclaimed author Rufi Thorpe's second novel, Lucas--a hapless father blindsided by his 17-year old daughter Vera's diagnosis of bipolar disorder--decides to travel with her to Vilnius, Lithuania. There he hopes to connect with Vera...Show More Summary

'Me Before You' - A Life-Enhancing Presence, a Life-Enhancing Present

"... meds for blood pressure, this to lower it at bedtime, this one to raise it when he gets out of bed. These he needs fairly often to control his muscular spasms - you will need to give him one midmorning, and again at midafternoon... Show More Summary

Book Review: 'Talk to Me', by Qasim Rashid

In his third book, Talk to Me, Author, Qasim Rashid continues his jihad of the pen. His book, The Wrong Kind of Muslim, shined a light on the persecution of Ahmadiyya Muslims in Pakistan while his second book, Extremist, took on renowned...Show More Summary

Book Review: "The Ice Child"

The Ice Child by Camilla Läckberg My rating: 5 of 5 stars Wow. This is a gripping Nordic noir in Camilla Lackberg's series that, in part, charts the arc of married couple Erica Falck and Patrik Hedstrom -- she's a true-crime writer, he's a detective -- on another grisly adventure. Show More Summary

What One Book Would Tom Hanks Take With Him to a Desert Island?

The following Article first appeared in The National Book Review: Tom Hanks just appeared on "Desert Island Discs," the venerable BBC radio show that asks distinguished guests what music they would bring with them if they were going to be stranded on the eponymous desert island. Show More Summary

Awake At The Bedside - Zen and the Art of Dying

The editors of Awake at the Bedside: Contemplative Teachings on Palliative and End-of- Life Care want to make one thing very clear: this book is not about dying, it's about life and what it can teach us, it's about caring and what giving...Show More Summary

'The Assistants,' A Conversation with Camille Perri

Photo: Ash Barhamand Camille Perri was a books editor for Cosmopolitan and Esquire magazines and has also been a reference librarian. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from NYU and a Master of Library Science degree from Queens College. Show More Summary

On Horses, My New Book Cover, and Coming Full Circle

My dad was a Navy officer, yet he was sent to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas when I was eleven years old. Yes, Kansas: not exactly a seafaring state. Dad's assignment was a teaching job at the Army's Command and General Staff College. It was an important job, but did I care? I did not. Show More Summary

Australian Poetry Now

By Bronwyn Lea Once asked what poets can do for Australia, A.D. Hope replied: "They can justify its existence." Such has been the charge of Australian poets, from Hope himself to Kenneth Slessor, Judith Wright to Les Murray, AnthonyShow More Summary

Color Coded

On the poetics of Donald Trump, the progress of poetry, and reverse racism By Jaswinder Bolina When the blond girl shouted "Hey!" and ran over to stop my bicycle, a voltage of hope charged through my 12-year-old body. No blond girl had...Show More Summary

Dear Sister Outsider

On Audre Lorde and writing oneself into existence By Lavelle Porter Dear Audre, Two years, ago your name came up in one of the most improbable places. A few weeks before the St. Louis Rams drafted Michael Sam, making him the first openly...Show More Summary

Poetry off the Shelf: The Uses of Anger

Producer Curtis Fox explores the diverse world of contemporary American poetry with readings by poets, interviews with critics, and short poetry documentaries. Nothing is off limits, and nobody is taken too seriously. This episode features the poetry of Audre Lorde, then and now. You can subscribe to the Poetry off the Shelf Podcast here. Show More Summary

12 Contemporary British Novels We Can't Live Without

By Caitlin Kleinschmidt | Off the Shelf As a lifelong Anglophile, I have worshipped at the altar of Austen, Brontë, and Dickens ever since I received my first copy of Pride and Prejudice in the fourth grade. But British literature goes far beyond the country manors and moody moors of the nineteenth century. Show More Summary

REDEMPTION ROAD Gives Readers the Ride of a Lifetime

Book Review - Jackie K Cooper REDEMPTION ROAD by John Hart The current trend in publishing seems to be for an author to churn out three or four books a year. At least it is the path taken by writers such as James Paterson, Danielle Steel and Stuart Woods. Show More Summary

'Talk to Me' Might Create Some Good Conversations

The power of dialogue has the ability to change the world. Conversations between people can accomplish more than most people understand or give credit to. But it requires stepping out of our comfort zones, and talking to people about uncomfortable topics. Show More Summary

The Geek's Guide to the Writing Life: Robin Black's Crash Course: Essays From Where Writing and Life Collide

As a writing geek, I read a lot of books about writing, so I consider myself something of a connoisseur. Not writing how-to books, like "Plotting the perfect novel on a McDonald's napkin," but rather those that have come to be called,...Show More Summary

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