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    The Poems We Turn To

    by Phil - 0 Comment(s)

    Like a good song, poetry sticks with us. Whether for nostalgic comfort, inspirational drive, sheer marvel at a poet's ability, or an intangible emotional response that only a certain combination of words can evoke, we need poetry the same way we need food - for fuel, for growth, for indulgence.

    In the light of National Poetry Month I've been hassling friends at the library to find out which poems they turn to first. So here's the 2013 Staff Picks for Poetry!

    Yasna's Pick - Jacques Prevert

    from "Blood & Feathers"

    [...]

    Lark of memory

    dead bird of mist

    you should not have come

    to eat from my hand

    the grains of oblivion.

    Christine's Pick - e.e. cummings

    from "somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond"

    [...]

    (i do not know what it is about you that closes

    and opens; only something in me understands

    the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)

    nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands

    Sarah's Pick - Rosemary Griebel

    from "Silence Broken"

    [...]

    I believe a poem is the only way

    to save life's silence

    from being all it leaves behind.

    Accompany me, and when I open

    my mouth may the sloshing ocean,

    deaf Beethoven, and the gods in their balloons

    overhead, lean forward and inhale.

    Julia's Pick - Emily Dickinson

    (254)

    "Hope" is the thing with feathers -

    That perches in the soul -

    And sings the tune without the words -

    And never stops - at all -

    [...]

    Get your hands on any of these poets' work by clicking the book covers above. Happy Poetry Month!

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