poetry

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Hook: A Memoir

Randall Horton
5
Rated by
Lisa A.
Friday, Oct 18, 2019

“We script our lives on reaction rather than action, meaning daily life is always in response to, or a reply to, a command or demand. The world uses us in that way...The world does this--holds us down.”― Randall Horton, Hook: A Memoir

Pat Daneman

Breaking Free Writing Contest Winner

Pat Daneman
5
Rated by
Helen H.
Thursday, Feb 7, 2019

Johnson County Library is pleased to announce that Pat Daneman has won the poetry category of our writing contest on the theme of BREAKING FREE with "Congolese Refugee Family Watches Fireworks for the First Time".

Book Cover of Virgin by Analicia Sotelo is hot pink, with a woman with her back turned,

Virgin

Analicia Sotelo
5
Rated by
Emma F.
Sunday, Jul 15, 2018

"We're all performing our bruises"

Michael Harty

Music Writing Contest Winner

Michael Harty
5
Rated by
Helen H.
Friday, Jun 22, 2018

Johnson County Library and The Writers Place are pleased to announce that Michael Harty has won the poetry category of our writing contest on the theme of MUSIC with "Ralna's Song".

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Time Writing Contest Winner

Frank Higgins
5
Rated by
Helen H.
Monday, Feb 19, 2018

The Readers Advisory committee is pleased to announce that Frank Higgins has won our TIME poetry contest with his poem "The Summer We're All Sixteen". We love way the poem circles back on itself and illustrates both the universality of time and its unique passage for each of us.

Frank Higgins writes plays, and occasionally poetry and haiku.

The summer we’re all sixteen

Thursday, Jan 11, 2018

The Readers Advisory committee is pleased to announce that Lisa Allen has won our Ain't It the Truth writing contest in the open category for her poem "Adoration." With precise yet smoldering language, Allen's narrator carefully unravels the "secret histories" of the women who raised her--what remains hidden beneath the facades they were forced to adopt to survive.

This is the cover for the book, Devotions, by Mary Oliver

Devotions

Mary Oliver
5
Rated by
Hannah Jane C.
Sunday, Dec 10, 2017

This is a superb collection of Mary Oliver's poetry. I believe there is a poem for every person in this volume. Interestingly, from Oliver's books I like least (Thirst and Felicity, for example), the chosen poems for this collection are strong and really resonate with me. I plan on reading those collections again, thanks to Devotions. On the flip side, my favorite books by Mar

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Every Last Word

Tamara Ireland Stone
4
Rated by
Jackie S.
Saturday, Dec 9, 2017

Sam has been living with Purely-Obsessional OCD, but only her family and therapist know about it. Even her closest friends have no idea. She doesn’t feel like she can open up to the popular girls she has associated with her whole life, but she also fears leaving the group and being ostracized. So she just tries to hide her obsessions.

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The Sun and Her Flowers

Rupi Kaur
2
Rated by
Emma F.
Friday, Dec 8, 2017

As the follow up to Milk and Honey, I had low expectations for Rupi Kaur's second book, The Sun and Her Flowers. Having existed in the poetry community, I am familiar with the conflicting opinions about Kaur and her poetry. "Too simple," some say. "Fake deep," others say, rolling their eyes. Parodies sprung up across the internet, poking fun at Kaur's short, loaded style.

The Rose That Grew From Concrete

Tupac Shakur
3
Monday, Jul 25, 2016

This is a collection of over 100 poems written by Tupac Shakur when he was 19. They confront topics from poverty to motherhood. They are presented in his own handwriting on one page and a typed version on the other.

Okay, seriously, I don't get all the fuss about this. While there are a few nice lines here and there, the bulk of the poetry is pretty juvenile. Which is fine, he was 19. He writes about girls more than anything else, which is understandable. Again - 19. I guess I just don't understand why his adolescent poetry is considered so much better than other adolescent poetry....

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