Friday Reads: National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. This week, we’d like to highlight a few poetry books we have in our collection at Danville Public Library, starting with three written by local authors: Betty R. Anderson, Yolanda Duckworth, and Carol Hart-Parker


Reaching for the Beauty and Facts of Life: A Book of Poetry by Betty R. Anderson

The author’s first poetry compilation encourages one to take a second look at the world in which we all live and accept the beauty of life.




41rtNXqU40L._AC_US218_Poetry for Ducks: A Collection of Poetry by Yolonda S. Duckworth

Whether happy or sad, feeling complacent or lonely, poetry is an erythematic explorative outlet for me. From emotions of joy to anger, frustration to meekness, pain to healing, hope to fulfillment, crying to laughter, poetry is a soothing empathetic and sympathetic soothing medicine to the soul in my humble opinion. When some words cannot simply be expressed through discourse, a pen and a pad of paper will suffice for any occasion for a writer or for someone who desires to write.

Note: This description is from

are-you-in-hereAre You in Here? Life Experiences: We All Have Them by Carol Hart-Parker

Permit me to share some life experiences through poetry. We have so many experiences in our lives that we share with others and this is just what this collection of poetry is about–happy times, sad times and sometimes just wonderful things happen in our lives that we simply want to make others aware of.


it-seems-like-a-mighty-long-timeIt Seems Like a Mighty Long Time: Poems by Angela Jackson

Angela Jackson’s latest collection of poetry borrows its title from a lyric in Barbara Lewis’s 1963 hit single “Hello Stranger,” recorded at Chess Records in Chicago. Like the song, Jackson’s poems are a melodic ode to the African American experience, informed by both individual lives and community history, from the arrival of the first African slave in Virginia in 1619 to post-Obama America. It Seems Like a Mighty Long Time reflects the maturity of Jackson’s poetic vision. The Great Migration, the American South, and Chicago all serve as signposts, but it is the complexity of individual lives, both her own and those who have gone before, walk beside, and come after, that invigorate this collection. Upon surveying so vast a landscape, Jackson finds that sorrow meets delight, and joy lifts up anger and despair. And for all this time, love is the agent, the wise and just rule and guide.

51znpizcanl-_sx376_bo1204203200_Where the Sidewalk Ends: the Poems and Drawings of Shel Silverstein

A boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale are only two of the characters in a collection of humorous poetry illustrated with the author’s own drawings.




51nmmynjiml-_sx332_bo1204203200_Incendiary Art: Poems by Patricia Smith

One of the most magnetic and esteemed poets in today’s literary landscape, Patricia Smith fearlessly confronts the tyranny against the black male body and the tenacious grief of mothers in her compelling new collection, Incendiary Art. She writes an exhaustive lament for mothers of the “dark magicians,” and revisits the devastating murder of Emmett Till. These dynamic sequences serve as a backdrop for present-day racial calamities and calls for resistance. Smith embraces elaborate and eloquent language – “her gorgeous fallen son a horrid hidden / rot. Her tiny hand starts crushing roses – one by one / by one she wrecks the casket’s spray. It’s how she / mourns – a mother, still, despite the roar of thorns” – as she sharpens her unerring focus on incidents of national mayhem and mourning. Smith envisions, reenvisions, and ultimately reinvents the role of witness with an incendiary fusion of forms, including prose poems, ghazals, sestinas, and sonnets. With poems impossible to turn away from, one of America’s most electrifying writers reveals what is frightening, and what is revelatory, about history.

cvr9781416516323_9781416516323_lgThe Dead Emcee Scrolls: The Lost Teachings of Hip-Hop and Connected Writings by Saul Williams

Presents a collection of darkly humorous poetic works that encompass a man’s discovery of an ancient scroll hidden beneath a graffiti masterpiece in an abandoned subway line, a finding that gives way to a surprising message.





Credit: All descriptions are from the SHARE catalog unless otherwise noted. All book covers are from Google Images.

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