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Books of the Month: April 4-May 1

Fiction The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah Five Stars I absolutely loved this newest book by Kristin Hannah. I learned more about this era of history–the Dust Bowl and how it affected people during the Great Depression–and would compare its themes to those of The Grapes of Wrath . Hannah […]

Practicing Poetic Themes:

During my mentorship with poet Jim Moore, I wrote this poem based on the title from Tomas Tranströmer’s “April and Silence.” While my poem and Tranströmer’s are different in their themes, this title is often one that comes to mind during the month of April.

Poetic Form: “Epiphanic Lyric”

“[Tomas Tranströmer] has perfected a particular kind of epiphanic lyric, often in quatrains, in which nature is the active energizing subject, and the self (if the self is present at all) is the object.” Katie Peterson, Boston Review as quoted by Poetry Foundation; italics mine When I was researching Tomas […]