Thursday, April 1, 2010

One poet a day won't kill you

It's April, which is National Poetry Month, and I'm going to totally steal a wonderful concept from KRBD : "One Poem a Day Won't Kill You".  Twice a day, every day, during the month of April one of your friends and neighbors from Ketchikan reads a favorite poem.  30 days = 30 poems.
Since we're big on books here at the public library, we will be showcasing a volume of poems from a different poet each day, including a short bio of the poet.  Let's start with the newest poetry book in the collection:  Breakwater by Catharine Savage Brosman. 
Brosman is emerita professor of French at Tulane University, honorary research professor at the University of Sheffield (England), and is currently the poetry editor for Chronicles: a magazine of American Culture.  She published her first book of poetry in 1972 (Watering), and this latest book is her 7th collection of poems.  A native of Colorado and currently a resident of Texas, she has a real feel for the beauty of the American West in her poetry. 
Breakwater begins with an autobiographical tone, as the poems deal with rediscovered and reunited love (she recently remarried her first husband after decades of being apart).  She goes on to write of the experiences of other women in their lives and loves, and the poems at the end of the collection focus on the nature and landscapes of the bayou and the southwest.

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