Celebrate prose during National Poetry Month

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The Alachua County Library District is your prose partner for celebrating and discovering great poetry year-round. During April, expand your poetry appreciation with our ebooks and our LitFinder resources. 

If you have a specific poem, sonnet, or ballad in mind, search for the text on Gale Literature: LitFinder. This tool provides access to literary works and authors throughout history and includes more than 130,000 full-text poems and 650,000-plus poetry citations. Find works from Shakespeare, Dickinson, Whitman, and Angelou.

Hungry for a full book or collection? Check out our eBook poetry selections on OverDrive. We've highlighted a few new favorites and classics on our digital shelves.

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Rumi: the book of love / Coleman Barks​

The Sufi mystic and poet Jalaluddin Rumi is most beloved for his poems expressing the ecstasies and mysteries of love in all its forms--erotic, platonic, divine--and Coleman Barks presents the best of them in this delightful and inspiring collection. 

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She Walks in Beauty: A Woman's Journey Through Poems / Caroline Kennedy

Inspired by Kenndey's reflections on more than fifty years of life as a young girl, a woman, a wife, and a mother, "She Walks in Beauty" draws on poetry's eloquent wisdom to ponder the many joys and challenges of being a woman. The collection includes works by Elizabeth Bishop, Sharon Olds, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Mary Oliver, Pablo Neruda, W. H. Auden, Adrienne Rich, Sandra Cisneros, Anne Sexton, W. S. Merwin, Dorothy Parker, Queen Elizabeth I, Lucille Clifton, Naomi Shahib Nye, and W. B. Yeats.

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Homie: Poems / Danez Smith

Rooted in the loss of one of Smith's close friends, this book comes out of the search for joy and intimacy within a nation where both can seem scarce and getting scarcer. In poems of rare power and generosity, Smith acknowledges that in a country overrun by violence, xenophobia, and disparity, and in a body defined by race, queerness, and diagnosis, it can be hard to survive, even harder to remember reasons for living. But then the phone lights up, or a shout comes up to the window, and family—blood and chosen—arrives with just the right food and some redemption.

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The Sun and Her Flowers / Rupi Kaur

Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. 

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Pigeon: poems / Karen Solie

Karen Solie launched to prominence with her first collection of poems, Short Haul Engine, a finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize and winner of many other awards and citations. She continued her upward trajectory with Modern and Normal and is now considered one of Canada's best poets. Pigeon is yet another leap forward, featuring explorations of violence, bad luck, fate, creeping catastrophe, love, and the eros of danger. 

 

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The Divine Comedy / Dante Alighieri

The Divine Comedy describes Dante's descent into Hell with Virgil as a guide; his ascent of Mount Purgatory and encounter with his dead love, Beatrice; and finally, his arrival in Heaven. Examining questions of faith, desire, and enlightenment, the poem is a brilliantly nuanced and moving allegory of human redemption.

 

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Ten Poems to Change Your Life / Roger Housden

Through the voices of ten inspiring poets and Housden's reflections, the author shows how poetry illuminates the eternal feelings and desires that stir the human heart and soul. These poems explore such universal themes as the awakening of wonder, the longing for love, the wisdom of dreams, and the courage required to live an authentic life. In thoughtful commentary on each work, Housden offers glimpses into his personal spiritual journey and invites readers to contemplate the significance of the poet's message in their own lives.

 

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Leaves of Grass / Walt Whitman

Leaves of Grass is Whitman's masterpiece, written in a pure, uninhibited style and combining sensual and mystical sensibilities. Ralph Waldo Emerson, whose essay "The Poet" inspired the work, praised it, saying "I find it the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom America has yet contributed." Self-published in 1855, it was repeatedly expanded and revised by Whitman throughout the rest of his life. 

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101 Poems That Could Save Your Life: An Anthology of Emotional First Aid / Daisy Goodwin

This is the first poetry anthology designed expressly for the self-help generation. The poems listed include classics by Emily Dickinson, Lord Byron, Ogden Nash, and Lucretius, to name just a few, along with newer works by such current practitioners as Seamus Heaney and Wendy Cope. This book has a cure or consolation for nearly every affliction, ancient or modern.

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Complete Tales & Poems / Edgar Allan Poe

One of the most original American writers, Edgar Allen Poe shaped the development of both the detective story and the science-fiction story. Some of his poems — "The Raven," "The Bells," "Annabel Lee" — remain among the most popular in American literature. This book features 53 poems, 73 tales, and a sampling of Poe's essays, criticism, and journalistic writings.