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April 8, 2014 April is National Poetry Month, and as part of Code Switch's celebration, we'd like to make a poem with the help of our readers. Poet Kima Jones will be curating lines of verse you submit on Twitter.
April 5, 2014 Willie Perdomo's new collection is inspired by the salsa jam bands of '70s-era Puerto Rican New York. The poems are performance-page crossovers, rich in sound, slang and musical detail.
April 2, 2014 The novelist and Iraq veteran examines the lasting effects of war in his debut book of poetry, Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting. Reviewer Abigail Deutsch says the poems are piercing.
March 29, 2014 Nick Lantz's third collection, How to Dance as the Roof Caves In, could hardly be called cheerful. But his poems of divorce and recession are accessible and entertaining, even at their most grim.
March 12, 2014 The Book of Hours, Kevin Young's eighth collection, tracks the emotional extremes of a father's death and a son's birth. The poems present a gentle vision of mourning — a habitable kind of hurt.
February 21, 2014 Michael Benedikt was an exemplary poet, a dedicated editor and an agoraphobic recluse. His work was almost lost forever — until two poets rescued his archive and published a selection, Time is a Toy.
February 13, 2014 A new volume of Robert Frost's collected, unexpurgated letters reveals that the poet thought a great deal about how people read him — and was hurt when his modernist friends didn't approve of his raw, sincere style. Reviewer J.P. O'Malley says the collection gives readers greater insight into Frost the poet and Frost the man.
detail from cover of The Poetry of Derek Walcott
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January 24, 2014 The Poetry Of Derek Walcott: 1948 - 2013 pulls from the Nobel laureate's large body of work. Fans might remember that the St. Lucian poet — who just turned 84 — published a Selected Works a few years ago. But the new book is more expansive and more enlightening, showing how Walcott's work has no parallel.
January 19, 2014 Stephen Dunn's 17th collection of poetry, Lines of Defense, includes several works meditating on the death of his brother. Dunn, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, often features everyday details in his work — because, as he tells NPR's Rachel Martin, "we live with the little things much more than the large things."
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Amiri Baraka, shown here in 1972, was a renowned poet whose politics strongly shaped his work.
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January 9, 2014 The former New Jersey poet laureate, born LeRoi Jones, died Thursday at age 79. Much of his work — including well-regarded poetry and plays — reflected his commitment to Black Nationalist ideals. He co-founded the Black Arts movement, and wrote poems that were as controversial as they were influential.
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Matthea Harvey's upcoming collection mixes poetry with visual art — like this image. Faces drawn by Monika Zarzecna.
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January 4, 2014 There's a lot to look forward to in the upcoming year, including collections about religious faith, books that push the boundaries of what we can call poetry and some poems that are too hot for your average English class. Critic Craig Morgan Teicher walks us through the highlights of the year ahead.
January 3, 2014 Jimmy Santiago Baca began writing poetry while he was serving a five-year sentence in prison. His new anthology tells the story of his journey to becoming a celebrated Chicano poet.
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December 29, 2013 Poet Federico Garcia Lorca's life was cut short during the Spanish Civil War, but he left behind a rich legacy of poetry and drama. Reviewer Juan Vidal says the best poetry in translation to come out this year is a new collection of Lorca's verse, translated by writers who were deeply influenced by him.
Medgar Evers was the first NAACP field secretary in Mississippi. The civil rights leader was killed in 1963.
December 26, 2013 Turn Me Loose captures the life and death of civil rights leader Medgar Evers through poetry. The collection of poems is told in the imagined voices of the people in Evers' life, including his killer. Author Frank X Walker shares how he tried to connect readers to one of America's most volatile times.
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December 19, 2013 If you rarely pick up stories or verse, here's a handy guide to some of 2013's best collections. Whether you tend toward family dramas, biographies, gritty journalism or darkly comic novels, we've got a book for you — and it just might turn you into a story lover or poetry addict.
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