Po­ems Cel­e­brat­ing Po­ets

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Kwame Alexan­der, Chris Cold­er­ley, Mar­jory Went­worth, Can­dlewick Press Hard­cover $16.99 (56pp), 978-0-7636-8094-7

Like any art­form or cre­ative pur­suit, the great po­ets de­vel­oped sub­tle, in­cred­i­bly ef­fec­tive per­sonal styles. In their unique use of words and ideas, they per­formed a type of magic that re­peat­edly de­liv­ered aha mo­ments to thou­sands of read­ers. By way of in­tro­duc­tion, and as tribute to twenty fa­vorite po­ets, Kwame Alexan­der (and his coau­thors) penned this de­light­ful col­lec­tion while “adopt­ing their style, ex­tend­ing their ideas, and of­fer­ing grat­i­tude to their wis­dom and in­spi­ra­tion.” Th­ese po­ems, like all po­etry, didn’t come about through a stud­ied for­mu­laic process, they came out of won­der.

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