Poetry

Where’s the Poetry?

Coal Mountain Elementary has a lot of great things going for it: a snappy title, introspective photography by Mark Nowak and Ian Teh, moving newspaper reports and testimonials from the perspective of the coal miners, and disturbing lesson plans comparing mining to cookies. The only confusing aspect to the book…

The Divine Comedy

Reading The Divine Comedy took a lot out of me. I feel like I accompanied Dante on his journey through hell, purgatory, and heaven. There is so much meaning and information packed into these poems that I needed to take notes just to keep things straight. Even doing that, I…

Storming the Colosseum

Katie Ford recounts the experience of Hurricane Katrina and humbles us to the indiscriminate tragedies of this world in her new book of poetry Colosseum (Graywolf Press, 2008). It is organized into three sections: Storm, Vessel, and Colosseum. Each section begins with a quote or literary excerpt and one poem…