Celebrate National Poetry Month

In 1996, the Academy of American Poets declared April as National Poetry Month. Whether you are an avid reader of poetry or are new to the genre, why not try reading one of these recently published collections by these fresh voices in the poetic world. 

Homebody by Rupi Kaur print book | ebook 

Rupi Kaur grew to fame after she self published her first poetry collection, Milk and Honey, which was later reprinted by Andrews McMeel in 2015.  Her latest book “Homebody,” is about love, acceptance, and embracing change.

Sorry I Haven’t Texted You Back by Alicia Cook ebook

New Jersey poet, Alicia Cook’s voice shines in this third collection of raw poetry. This book is formatted as a “poetic mixtape” and explores themes related to mental health. 

Shine Your Icy Crown by Amanda Lovelace print book | ebook

If you’re a fan of Lovelace’s “Women are some kind of magic” series, you’re in for a treat with this Cinderella-esc installment. 

American Melancholy by Joyce Carol Oates print book 

Oates’ first collection of poetry in over 25 years explores the human heart through poems of race, politics, poverty, and loss. 

Dearly by Margaret Atwood print book | ebook | audiobook

If you’re a fan of Atwood’s fiction, this collection of poetry is a must read. This is Atwood’s first published collection of poetry. Her poems address themes such as nature, love, loss, and even zombies. 

Nineteen by Mackenzie Campbell print book | ebook 

This is Campbell’s second collection of poetry and is titled after the age she was when she wrote it. The poems in this collection are emotional in a way that everyone can relate to. 

Dear Girl by Aija Mayrock print book | ebook | audiobook

Poet and spoken word performer, Aja Mayrock, takes readers on a journey from girlhood to womanhood in this collection of poems exploring truth, silence, wounds, and healing. 

Swimming Lessons Lili Reinhart print book 

Actress Lili Reinhart explores young love while battling anxiety and depression while in the face of fame.  

I Would Leave Me If I Could by Halsey print book | ebook | audiobook 

Fans of Hasey’s music will devour this collection of poetry. Just as one becomes immersed in the lyrics of her songs, readers will find themselves immersed in the poetics of relationships, family, and mental illness. 

Stop by the library during our browse & borrow hours to explore more wonderful titles within the Library’s poetry collection. 

-Jessica, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

Meet the Author Danielle Martin

At the Livingston Public Library it’s safe to say that we adore books and reading.  We also love meeting with and connecting with the authors behind the books we read! The Livingston Public Library is excited to announce a virtual “Meet the Author” event with Danielle Martin, the author of Glimmer as You Can (2020) on Thursday, April 12 at 7pm. 

Glimmer as You Can is a historical novel set in 1962 Brooklyn and tells the story of the Starlite, a dress shop which transforms to an underground women’s social club in the evening, uniting women from various backgrounds and struggles. Allison Pataki, New York Times bestselling author of The Queen’s Fortune describes the novel as one “Told against the historic backdrop of a time of great social change, and with colorful language and details, this is a timely and beautiful story of female friendship and strength, of the secrets we all carry behind our smiles, and the power to be found in a sisterhood of supportive women.”

Danielle Martin will be discussing her novel followed by an author Q&A session.  This event will take place on Zoom and registration is required. An email with information on how to access the Zoom presentation will be sent to registered participants the day before the program is to take place.

We hope to see you there!

-Jessica, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian