We will be talking about poetry – poets – anything remotely related to poetry on April 20 at 10:30 and hope you will join us.  Please post your favorite poem and bring one along to share (can be heartrending or can be Purple Cow variety – we’re open to anything).  Here are some names and titles to get you thinking.

Naomi Shihab Nye – received the 13th Annual robert Creeley Award.  Her books include There is no Long Distance Now, I’ll Ask You Three Times, Are You OK? and What Have you Lost?

Billy Collins – former poet laureate – his books include The Trouble with Poetry, Sailing Alone Around the Room and Ballistics

Mary Oliver – her books include Red Bird, The Truro Bear and Other Adventures and When I Wake Early

Walt WhitmanLeaves of Grass (or if you are an e-reader – a book called Works of Walt Whitman: Including Leaves of Grass, Specimen Days, Drum Taps & more

Randall JarrellThe Bat Poet and The Animal Family – both illustrated by Maurice Sendak

Natalie Merchant Leave Your Sleep  a collection of songs from favorite poems for children (and others) – my current favorite CD

The Odyssey Homer (many translations)

The Bell JarSylvia Plath  (and her Selected Poems)

Langston HughesThe Collected Poems of Langston Hughes

Emily DickinsonEmily Dickinson, A Biography – Connie Ann Kirk and her poems

Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons: The Story of Phillis Wheatley by Ann Rinaldi

Frost: Lit Life ReconsideredWilliam H. Pritchard

My First Cousin Once Removed: Money, Madness and the Family of Robert Lowell by Sarah Payne Stuart   —   The art of being truly funny is an undervalued one in these angst-ridden times, but it is an ability that acclaimed novelist Sarah Payne Stuart has in abundance. Her talents have never been on more glorious display than in My First Cousin Once Removed, a memoir—at once hilarious, personal and sad—of her extraordinary Boston Brahmin family, whose most famous member is the legendary poet Robert Lowell, the author’s first cousin (once removed).

The Salt House: A Summer on the Dunes of Cape Cod by Cynthia Huntington    –   The Salt House is a beautifully observed and written memoir of a long summer’s stay on the back shore of Cape Cod. Each chapter is like a prose poem, shedding increasing light on the challenge of finding “home” without the illusion of permanence, a quest based not on ownership but on affinity and familiarity with an area and its people. Cynthia Huntington expands her theme through images of the landscape, the shack, the new marriage.

Piping Down the Valleys Wild by Nancy Larrick – the favorite collection to share with my children

Donald Hall – books include White Apples and the Taste of Stone, the Painted Bed and Without:Poems.

Maxine Kumin – books include Where I Live and The Long Marriage

Jane Kenyon – NY poet laureate at the time of her death.  Books include From Room to Room and Let Evening Come

Here is what we talked about in March (movies expanded to include TV and Stage)

Happy reading and viewing

A Prayer for Owen Meany, Cider House Rules, The World According to Garp – John Irving
A Widow for One Year – (the first third became The Door in the Floor) – John Irving
And the Band Played on – Randy Schilts
Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote
Brokeback Mountain – short story by Annie Proulx
Circle of Friends – Maeve Binchy
Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
Cold Mountain – Charles Frazier
David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
Election – Tom Perrotta
Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence – Doris Pilkington – The Rabbit-Proof Fence
Gone Baby Gone – Dennis Lehane
Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
Hawaii – James Michener
I Claudius – Robert Graves
I Robot – Isaac Asimov
In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
Jeeves and Wooster Books that were adapted for TV – P. G. Wodehouse –
Journey to the Center of the Earth – Jules Verne
Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
Midsomer Murders – Caroline Graham
Nobody’s Fool, Empire Falls – Richard Russo
Pygmalion – My Fair Lady – George Bernard Shaw
Quo Vadis  – Henryk Sienkiewicz
Sarah’s Key – Tatiana de Rosnay
The Accidental Tourist – Anne Tyler
The Blind Side – Michael Lewis
The Children of Men – P. D. James
The Constant Gardener – John LaCarre
The Enchanted April – Elizabeth von Amim
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson
The Life of Pi – Yann Martel
The Lord of the Rings/ The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien
The Namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri
The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
The Sound of Music – based on the autobiography of Maria Von Trapp
The Wizard of Oz – L. Frank Baum
Their Eyes were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Topper – Thorne Smith
Wicked – Gregory Maguire