Add some poetry to your life this April in celebration of National Poetry Month. Many people don't read poetry simply because they don't know where to start. We are here to help! For each of the popular fiction titles below there is a matching poetry collection with a similar theme, tone, or writing style. Find the collection that fits your interest. Happy reading!
If you like George R.R. Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice Series, try:
Finding My Elegy by Ursula K. Le Guin
You may be familiar with fantasy author Ursula K. Le Guin's novels, but did you know she began her career as a poet? Finding My Elegy is a collection of her best poems spanning over 50 years. With the compelling and richly detailed language similar to Martin's series, Finding My Elegy is sure to transport you to another world.
Excerpt from A Lament for Rheged:
In the cold days/ of the end of December/ in dead Rheged/ I stand alone.
Winter wind/binds hand/binds tongue./The songs are sung./No fires burn.
If you like Marissa Silver's Mary Coin, try:
Flying at Night by Ted Kooser
Mary Coin is a fictional account of the life of the unknown woman featured in Migrant Mother, a famous Depression-era photograph. The novel's moving and reflective tone immediately reminded me of Great Plains poet Ted Kooser's work, particularly Flying at Night: Poems 1965-1985. Kooser writes about everyday life and his subjects are often from the rural Midwest. He has a wonderful ability to write about the past with a keen eye towards understanding the hardships of the time.
Kristina @ Central