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Virtual Displays: National Poetry Month 2021

This guide showcases eBook versions of physical displays at the Fr. Leonard Alvey Library.
Don't Read Poetry Book Cover

Don't Read Poetry

In Don't Read Poetry, award-winning poet and literary critic Stephanie Burt offers an accessible introduction to the seemingly daunting task of reading, understanding, and appreciating poetry. Burt dispels preconceptions about poetry and explains how poems speak to one another--and how they can speak to our lives... (continued in catalog)

Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry book cover

Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry

 A new look at the art of one of the most charming and idiosyncratic personalities of early 20th-century New York, Florine Stettheimer (1871-1944). Stettheimer was a New York original: a society lady who hosted an avant-garde salon in her Manhattan home, a bohemian and a flapper, a poet, a theater designer, and above all an influential painter with a sharp satirical wit... (continued in catalog)

"Do you have a Band?": Poetry and Punk Rock in New York City

During the late 1960s, throughout the 1970s, and into the 1980s, New York City poets and musicians played together, published each other, and inspired one another to create groundbreaking art. In "Do You Have a Band?", Daniel Kane reads deeply across poetry and punk music to capture this compelling exchange and its challenge to the status of the visionary artist, the cultural capital of poetry, and the lines dividing sung lyric from page-bound poem.... (continued in catalog)

Another Nirvana: Poetry eBook Cover

Another Nirvana: Poetry

These poems explore the meaning of home and belonging, and a search for transcendence through love and art. They reflect on what it means to live between cultures and continents, question traditional female roles, ponder over the role of art in life. The poet's search for home leads her to different places: in an Aboriginal home she finds "a lost part of India / that Columbus never found." In Tibet, she imagines a path to the country's freedom.

Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry Book cover

Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry

Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry is an anthology of poems by more than one hundred award-winning poets, including Jericho Brown, Justin Philip Reed, and Tracy K. Smith, with themed essays on poetics from celebrated scholars such as Kwame Dawes, Meta DuEwa Jones, and Evie Shockley... (continued in catalog)

Remainders: American Poetry at Nature's End eBook Cover

Remainders: American Poetry at Nature's End

This book presents a genealogy of postwar American poetry that considers new dimensions of ecological crisis in the era now termed the Great Acceleration.

Words that Matter eBook Cover

Words that Matter

Words That Matter attempts to spark conversation around social issues that are often neglected either for their lack of beauty or sheer rigidity. These issues are mainly cultural and political. It further seeks to community hope in its purest form, unfailing and evermore willingly to rewrite situations brightly however dark initially. Find thusly sarcasm and humour, folly and wisdom, discord and harmony, and death and life, all interwoven in revealing just how sound existence can be... (continued in catalog)

Women Poets of the English Civil War Book Cover

Women Poets of the English Civil War

This anthology brings together extensive selections of poetry by the five most prolific and prominent women poets of the English Civil War period: Anne Bradstreet, Hester Pulter, Margaret Cavendish, Katherine Philips and Lucy Hutchinson. It presents these poems in modern-spelling, clear-text versions for classroom use, and for ready comparison to mainstream editions of male poets' work.... (continued in catalog)

Placing Poetry eBook Cover

Placing Poetry

The essays in this volume present a thorough re-evaluation of the idea of place for the twenty-first century, linking across theoretical interests in space and spatialisation and in motion and mobility. 'Placing' becomes an active process that happens in different parts of the world, and there is work here from the countries of the United Kingdom, from Ireland, the USA, Australia and mainland Europe... (continued in catalog)

The Poetry of Pop eBook Cover

The Poetry of Pop

A trailblazing exploration of the poetic power of popular songs, from Tin Pan Alley to the Beatles to Beyonce and beyond. Encompassing a century of recorded music, this pathbreaking book reveals the poetic artistry of popular songs. Pop songs are music first. They also comprise the most widely disseminated poetic expression of our time. Adam Bradley traces the song lyric across musical genres from early twentieth-century Delta blues to mid-century rock 'n' roll to today's hits. George and Ira Gershwin's "Fascinating Rhythm." The Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." Rihanna's "Diamonds."... (continued in catalog)

Killing Poetry: Blackness and the Making of Slam and Spoken Word Communities eBook Cover

Killing Poetry: Blackness and the Making of Slam and Spoken Word Communities

In recent decades, poetry slams and the spoken word artists who compete in them have sparked a resurgent fascination with the world of poetry. However, there is little critical dialogue that fully engages with the cultural complexities present in slam and spoken word poetry communities, as well as their ramifications. In Killing Poetry, renowned slam poet, Javon Johnson unpacks some of the complicated issues that comprise performance poetry spaces... (continued in catalog)

Art of the Ordinary: The Everyday Domain of Art, Film, Philosophy, and Poetry eBook cover

Art of the Ordinary: The Everyday Domain of Art, Film, Philosophy, and Poetry

In Art of the Ordinary, Deming brings together the arts, philosophy, and psychology in new and compelling ways so as to offer generative, provocative insights into how we think and represent the world to others as well as to ourselves.

LGBTQ Fiction and Poetry from Appalachia eBook Cover

LGBTQ Fiction and Poetry from Appalachia

This collection, the first of its kind, gathers fiction and poetry from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer authors from Appalachia. Like much Appalachian literature, these works are pervaded with an attachment to family and the mountain landscape, yet balancing queer and Appalachian identities is an undertaking fraught with conflict. This collection confronts the problematic and complex intersections of place, family, sexuality, gender, and religion with which LGBTQ Appalachians often grapple... (continued in catalog)

Fireflies: Memory, Identity, and Poetry eBook Cover

Fireflies: Memory, Identity, and Poetry

Fireflies is a book about how writing poetry can help us explore memory and identity, and it is also a book of poetry that explores memory and identity. This work is an example of the "liminal" scholarship advocated in The Need for Revision (2011, by the same author), occupying a space in the academic worlds "windows and doorways," not exactly in any one field but rather in the "spaces-between where the inside and outside commingle".... (continued in catalog)

Narrowcast: Poetry and Audio Research eBook cover

Narrowcast: Poetry and Audio Research

Through four case studies of how mid-century American poetry used recording technologies to contest models of time being put forward by dominant media and the State, Narrowcast explores how poets Allen Ginsberg, Charles Olson, Larry Eigner and Amiri Baraka mobilized recording as a new form of sonic field research even while they were being subject to tape-based surveillance by the CIA and the FBI... (continued in catalog)

Publishing Modernist Fiction and Poetry eBook Cover

Publishing Modernist Fiction and Poetry

Publishing houses are nearly invisible in modernist studies. Looking beyond little magazines and other periodicals, this collection highlights the importance of book publishers in the diffusion of modernism. It also participates in the transnational turn in modernist studies, demonstrating that book publishers created new markets for modernist texts in the United States, Europe and the rest of the world.

Poetry and Animals: Blurring the Boundaries with the Human eBook cover

Poetry and Animals: Blurring the Boundaries with the Human

Why do poets write about animals? What can poetry do for animals and what can animals do for poetry? In some cases, poetry inscribes meaning on animals, turning them into symbols or caricatures and bringing them into the confines of human culture. It also reveals and revels in the complexity of animals. Poetry, through its great variety and its inherently experimental nature, has embraced the multifaceted nature of animals to cross, blur, and reimagine the boundaries between human and animal... (continued in catalog)

"The 2021 poster was designed by twelfth grader Bao Lu from Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, New York, who was the winner of the 2021 National Poetry Month Poster Contest."

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In order to celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day (traditionally on April 29th), the Fr. Leonard Alvey Library will have a bowl of poems out on the circulation desk during the month of April for patrons to take on a grab and go basis in order to ensure social distancing. We also invite patrons to utilize the full page poems by drawing an image from the poem in the white space and sharing it with us so that we can showcase our talented Brescia community!


Guests including Katie Couric, Sheryl Sandberg, Yang Lan, Mary Chapin Carpenter and others discuss Elizabeth Bishop’s masterpiece on losses, great and small.

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