This little gem, packaged anew in New Directions Pearls collection, is a must for anyone who writes, creates, or who is interested in where the best art comes from. Lorca's short essay collection on the duende, or deep song, calls on the darkest part of a writer, in effect coming "face to face with death" to create true art. The essays are intermixed with several of Lorca's poems, serving as examples of his own search for duende. A wise poetry professor in graduate school told me to buy this book and keep it with me always. My copy is already so worn and marked up, I'll probably have to keep buying it again and again.
Carson’s brilliant poetic pieces about her brother’s death presents a heartbreaking--but breathtaking--narrative and shows us why she is one of our greatest modern poets.
If ever there were a poetic form that captured the joys of boyhood, haiku would be it. Using the seasons as a guide, Bob Raczka celebrates the wonder, whimsy, and mischief of childhood in GUYKU: A Year of Haiku for Boys (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $14.99). One boy wants to know who turned off the crickets at the end of summer. Another muses on how many flakes it would take to make a snow day. Peter H. Reynolds’ delightful drawings complement the haiku perfectly. While each poem is told from a boy’s point of view, this collection will charm readers of all ages. Click here to visit the Guyku website for a preview of how to write your own guyku – or galku! Ages 5-10 - Angela Williams