Books shelved under “Poetry”

6 reviews found

  1. Book cover for IMPACT

    IMPACT: Colonialism in Canada

    by Warren Cariou

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    I picked this up several years ago and am finally diving into it. It’s not what I expected—I was looking for something with essays, including personal essays, but this includes a lot more poems and other, shorter and more artistic pieces. IMPACT: Colonialism in Canada is an anthology that makes quite a statement. If it’s what you’re looking for, it’s going to satisfy. In my case, it wasn’t quite what I wanted, but don’t interpret…

  2. Book cover for The Mermaid's Voice Returns in This One

    The Mermaid's Voice Returns in This One

    by Amanda Lovelace

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Here we are, book three of Amanda Lovelace’s Women Are Some Kind of Magic series. Last year I read The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One and remarked that it was much more focused than the first book. In her afterword to this book, Lovelace reflects that The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One has also shifted focus: now it’s about rebuilding, about healing and moving on from trauma, while also coming to terms with…

  3. Book cover for Don't Read Poetry

    Don't Read Poetry: A Book About How to Read Poems

    by Stephanie Burt

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    As previously discussed in my review of The Hatred of Poetry, I struggle with reading poetry. So I was tantalized by the title of this book. The previous book was a gift from a fellow teacher friend whose feelings about poetry are a bit less ambivalent than mine. When I learned about Don’t Read Poetry, I thought it would be a good reciprocal gift to her. Stephanie Burt’s thesis is basically that we…

  4. Book cover for The Witch Doesn't Burn in This One

    The Witch Doesn't Burn in This One

    by Amanda Lovelace

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Last October I finally read The Princess Saves Herself in This One, the first of these poetry collections by Amanda Lovelace. It had been on my to-read list for a while, but it took my friend Rebecca reading it and lending me her copy to actually get around to it. This time, I saw The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One in Chapters while buying a copy of the first book as a birthday…

  5. Book cover for The Princess Saves Herself in This One

    The Princess Saves Herself in This One

    by Amanda Lovelace

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    We’ll skip the boring part about how I don’t usually read poetry and yadda yadda but this one is an exception blah blah, OK? I’ve had this on my to-read list for a while—in addition to the intriguing title, Amanda Lovelace is asexual (or ace-spec), so that increased my interest. Then one of my IRL friends read and highly recommended it, so I borrowed a copy, and here I am. Reading poetry!

    If I…

  6. Book cover for The Hatred of Poetry

    The Hatred of Poetry

    by Ben Lerner

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    It’s with no regret, but some shame, that I admit I’m not a fan of poetry, and that I actively avoid teaching it. I use poems in my classes, when we’re talking about other subjects. But I avoid teaching the mechanics and technique of poetry, analyzing the metre and rhythm, looking into the intricacies of imagery and similes and repetition. I do this largely because, as a reader, I am not comfortable with poetry, and…