Thursday, April 1, 2010

No Fooling, It's Poetrypalooza Time!

It's April 1, which means it's the first day of National Poetry Month, which means its the first day of our annual poetry sale!! For the entire month of April, whenever you buy one book of poetry, you can get a second book of poetry (of equal or lesser cost) for half price! No fooling! And you can take advantage of this sale as many times as you'd like throughout the month of April. What a deal -- the perfect opportunity to replenish your poetry shelves, or stock up on gifts, or support great poets, or whatever other motivation you might have.

Perhaps you need some more Mary Oliver in your life -- who doesn't need more Mary Oliver?? Speaking of Mary Oliver, she has just come out with her second collection of poems on CD: Many Miles: Mary Oliver Reads Mary Oliver, which contains 41 poems selected and read by Ms. Oliver herself. Such a treat.This wonderful collection follows her first CD Collection, At Blackwater Pond. Fabulous. Or maybe you're pining for Billy Collins, or Pablo Neruda, or Gracy Paley, or Nikki Giovanni (Bicycles: Love Poems is just out in paperback). Possibly you're in the mood to ruminate on Rumi. Or how about Not Much Fun: The Lost Poems of Dorothy Parker. Maybe the newest from Robert Hass, The Apple Trees at Olema? A little taste of Leaves of Grass?

Perhaps you're thinking about something a little more local, say, something from William Stafford, or Paulann Petersen, or John Morrison, or David Biespiel, or Carlos Reyes, or Judith Arcana, or the wonderful anthology Deer Drink the Moon: Poems of Oregon -- Oregon is blessed with a coterie of wonderful poets. And now is a great time to welcome them all into your home -- figuratively, of course, although I'm sure they'd be happy to pop in for a visit.

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