A Grain of Poetry: How to Read Contemporary Poems and Make Them Part of Your Life


Poetry has the power to move and challenge the reader. It can intensify or even celebrate misery, be cynical or wry, or just laugh outright in an outrageous way. Poetry is as serious and as antic as life, and yet reading modern poetry can be difficult, shocking to our sense of what language is our must be. In " A Grain of Poetry, " Herbert Kohl opens the door to communication with poetry--the whole range and variety of contemporary poetic voices. While reading poetry doesn't have to involve making critical judgments, it ...

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