Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Poetry Book Club 2012 edition

Well, it's going to be a great year for the poetry book club! 

Thursday, January 26, 2012: Red Bird by Mary Oliver

Thursday, February 23, 2012: Talking to my Body by Anna Swir
Suggested by Beth Gedatus

Thursday, March 29, 2012: Given Sugar, Given Salt by Jane Hirschfield.
Suggested by Kathleen Keller

Thursday, April 26, 2012: Coming to That by Dorothea Tanning -- the 101-year old former visual artist who just published through Graywolf. She thinks of herself as "the oldest living emerging poet." Very intriguing -- and Dan Chiasson wrote two full pages of review. (Kind of amazing.)
Suggested by Paulette Warren MOST VOTES!!!

Thursday, May 31, 2012: Night Clerk at the Hotel of Both Worlds by Angela Ball. First of all, I love the title. Second, she's a Mississippi poet who I don't hear about all of the time, and I'm curious about poets on the other end of our river. Third, in Donald Revell's review, he calls the poems "ghostly hotel assemblages of Joseph Cornell". Maybe it's just too close to Halloween, but I'm dying to read this!
Suggested by Haley Lasché

Thursday, June 28, 2012: Whorled (Ed Bok Lee's new book)
Suggested by Sarah Spleiss

Thursday, July 26, 2012: What Work Is by Philip Levine
Suggested by Kathleen Keller

Thursday, August 30, 2012: Dread by Ai. I saw a reading in memorial to the poet Ai at AWP last year. She is not someone whom I am all too familiar with; however, Marilyn Chin, Major Jackson and Eavan Boland were all reading her works to celebrate her (and I really like all of them). The book Dread is full of characters, each poem creating a portrait in a single long stanza. I've only flipped through it, but I'd love to read it with you guys!
Suggested by Haley Lasché

Thursday, September 27, 2012: Invisible Strings by Jim Moore
Suggested by Jean Larson

Thursday, October 25, 2012: Willow Room Green Door by Deborah Keenan
Suggested by Libby Casey Irwin

Anything tempting you to read and come discuss with us?! Pick up your copy from Micawber's in St. Paul (sale price for members of our club - yet another great reason to support your local bookstores).  It's always a good idea to give them a call before you head over in case they're having a hard time getting ahold of the book.

Hamline GLS Alumni Poetry Book Club meets on the last Thursday of each month from 7:30-9 at Jean Larson's house (Barnes and Noble at Har Mar in case of emergency). Read part, read all. Sit back or engage. Come monthly, come sometimes. Flexible and low key. (Unless someone decides to raise a ruckus.)

Email Jean at jeanielars@comcast.net for more information and/or to get on the Book Club's mailing list.  You can also get Facebook Invitations if you join the group.  See you there.

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