Friday Fives | Poetry Collections

Posted April 29, 2022 by TheNonbinaryLibrarian in friday fives / 1 Comment

I started Friday Fives back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out. In December, I decided to change it to Friday Fives instead to have more room for topics.

Since the start of the new year, I’ve been reading more poetry. I have quite a collection of poetry books, some I’ve read, some I haven’t, and some that I’ve only read selections of. Here are the ones that I’m planning on reading (or re-reading) in the coming months.

So, I did start reading this one back in February (I think), and yes, I’m still reading it. Audre Lorde’s collection of poems is just so rich and beautiful, and it deserves the time to sit with some of them. Drink it slowly link wine.

This one was recommend to me many years ago, and I’ve had it on my shelf for a while. A journal of poems and spiritual meditations recorded over decades by a peacemaker (Secretary-General of the UN).

I absolutely love Jericho Brown! And his previous poetry collections have been amazing, so I’m excited to get to read his latest collection.

I’ve read so many of Emily’s poems in the past but have never gone her entire collection. Let’s see if I can get all the way through!

This is one that I read through for a grad class and would like to revisit to give it the time it deserves.

Happy Reading Darlings!

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One response to “Friday Fives | Poetry Collections

  1. I think I mentioned it before to you (or maybe it was my husband) about a poem Audre Lorde wrote that her original publisher refused to publish after they realized it was about love between women. They were like “oh, this is a man talking about a woman, right?” and she told them “uh, no, this is me, writing about a woman. I’m a lesbian.” and they then refused to publish it. It was one of the things that inspired her to gather up the other lesbians who couldn’t get published and start their own publishing company (if I’m remembering correctly). I can’t remember which poem it is. There’s a documentary series I think on Hulu? called Pride about the history of gay culture and it’s great if you haven’t seen it. They have footage of her reading/reciting it and I was like “oh, for sure that is sapphic. How did they miss that?” Just gay erasure, I guess.

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