d Poetry Central Minnesota, a One Book, Four Counties community poetry read program kicks off its inaugural year by encouraging everyone in Sherburne, Benton, Stearns, and Wright counties to read Bodaga: poems by Su Hwang.
In his “Author Statement, Ed Bok Lee writes, “If, as Czeslaw Milosz wrote, ‘language is the only homeland,’ then poetry is the oldest, most beautiful, most generous and ‘real’ house of worship on our collective earth that I know. Every time I look into my daughter’s eyes to see the future, I’m reminded of this, and that the forces forever writing and revising every single biological cell in our bodies—in sometimes harmonious, sometimes conflicting, sometimes revolutionary ways—feels exactly like poetry.
Bodega is one of five finalist books chosen by Paige Riehl for Lyricality’s “Read Poetry Central Minnesota 2020” program. Lyricality aims to introduce Minnesota poets to new audiences, and to encourage book groups to consider poetry collections as a way to facilitate lively, meaningful discussions. People who read Bodega might gain insight to foster compassion around some of today’s most politically divisive topics.
Enough by Kris Bigalk traces the interplay between the experience of codependency and the myths of Echo and Narcissus,” and calls these poems, “Lyrical, raw, and honest…” These poems are skillfully musical and open-hearted. I would also call them clear, like a crystal stream. 7 states
Joyce Sutphen’s Carrying Water to the Field: New and Selected Poems, is a read that offers great pleasure and solace. As encouragement to spend time in the company of this beautiful book, here are 7 ways to read Joyce Sutphen’s Carrying Water to the Field
Is “Read Poetry Central Minnesota 2020" a competition? Good grief—no! Lyricality is working is to honor all poets and all forms of poetry, not to make hierarchies and create ranks. We have no intention in calling one of these five fine books, selected by Paige Riehl...
Simples by KateLynn Hibbard, one of five finalist books for Lyricality’s “Read Poetry Central Minnesota 2020” program. If you like to read history with a women’s studies point of view, if you like imaginative fact-based stories with a core of emotional truth, you’ll likely find something in this book to love.
Paige Riehl, whose book Suspension was selected by Lyricality in April 2019, has chosen these five books as suitable to Lyricality’s “Read Poetry” program goal of stimulating meaningful discussions among readers throughout central Minnesota ’s Great River Regional Library system.
Why we chose Suspension by Paige Riehl Muriel Rukeyser, in her 1949 book of essays, The Life of Poetry, tells us contemporary poetry is important, especially in a climate of divisive political polarization. When contentions and divisions worsen into mass hatred, which...