Poetry Volumes to Explore

Posted April 29, 2021 by Richetta in Currently Reading, poetry / 0 Comments

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Counting Descent by Clint Smith, Black Girl, Call Home by Jasmine Mans and LatiNext edited by Reclia Rose Chavez, Jose Olivarez and Willie Perdomo

National Poetry Month is almost over, but poetry is something we should celebrate all year long. I used to just read poems in isolation, but recently I’ve begun to check out poetry volumes. 

After watching a session on teaching poetry at the 2020 NCTE Convention by #TeachLivingPoets founder Melissa Alter Smith and APLitHelp.com Educator Susan Barber,  I decided to check out volumes of poetry. Listening to them discuss how a poetry volume by a single author has a narrative and the placement of the poems isn’t random but strategic in order to create that narrative really intrigued me. 

So I am checking out the following books of poetry right now: Counting Descent by Clint Smith, Black Girl, Call Home by Jasmine Mans and The BreakBeat Poets vol.4: LatiNext edited by Felicia Rose Chavez, José Olivarez and Willie Perdomo.

Are you reading any poetry right now? Do you have a favorite volume of poetry or have one in your TBR pile? Let me know in the comments.

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