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African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song edited by Kevin Young

Kevin Young, the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, has compiled the most expansive anthology of African American poetry to date. This contains popular and little-known works. Also included are short biographies of each poet featured in the collection.

The Essential Chaplin : Perspectives on the Life and Art of the Great Comedian edited by Richard Schickel

"At age twenty-eight, Charlie Chaplin was a millionaire and one of the world's most famous personalities. He had grown rich playing the poorest of men. He was to go on playing unforgettable characters in timeless films, but now the psychology of celebrity began both to drive and to damage his creativity. Richard Schickel, the distinguished film critic, has called Chaplin the first victim of modern celebrity culture,"

Writing Humor: Creativity and the Comic Mind by Mary Ann Rishel

"Providing both theory and praxis, this insightful and creative textbook explains how to write humor, comedy, satire, parody, nonsense, and both the literary and the joke monologue. Through its close analyses of short stories, sketches, essays, and scripts, it is a must-read for serious and not-so-serious writers of every genre.

Searching for Sappho: The Lost Songs and World of the First Woman Poet by Philip Freeman

Most have heard of Sappho―the first woman writer in literary history―but few have read her work. This book provides translations and interpretations of all her surviving poems and fragments including those discovered in 2014. It also discusses the daily lives of women in ancient Greece, both in their families and in their communities.

The American Poet Laureate: A History of U.S. Poetry and the State by Amy Paeth

“The American Poet Laureate contributes to a growing body of institutional and sociological approaches to U.S. literary production in the postwar era and demonstrates how poetry has played a uniquely important, and largely under-acknowledged, role in the cultural front of the Cold War.” Author Paeth discusses how national poets were participants in a national project to expand U.S. power through cultural programming during the cold war. Some of the poets embraced this role, while others questioned it.

The Poets of Tin Pan Alley: A History of America’s Great Lyricists by Philip Furia

From the early 1900’s to the 1960’s, Tin Pan Alley songwriters like Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, and Dorothy Fields, captured the hearts of people around the world. This book explores the importance of poetic lyrics in these songwriters' successes. Author Furia makes the case these lyrics are a crucial element of American modernism.

Fierce Pajamas : an Anthology of Humor Writing from the New Yorker edited by David Remnick and Henry Finder

"When Harold Ross founded The New Yorker in 1925, he described it as a “comic weekly.” This anthology gathers together, for the first time, the funniest work of more than seventy New Yorker contributors. Parodists take on not only writers like Hemingway and Kerouac, but TV documentaries, Italian cinema, and etiquette books. Other pieces offer perspectives on the heights of fame, the depths of social embarrassment, and the ups and downs of love and sex".

The Prince of Los Cocuyos by Richard Blanco

"A poignant, hilarious, and inspiring memoir from the first Latino and openly gay inaugural poet, which explores his coming-of-age as the child of Cuban immigrants and his attempts to understand his place in America while grappling with his burgeoning artistic and sexual identities.


Collected Poems by W. H. Auden edited Edward Mendelson

In the 1994 movie Four Weddings and a Funeral, a character reads Auden's poem, Funeral Blues, as part of his eulogy to his friend and lover, thus introducing W. H. Auden to thousands. Click here to watch that scene, if you are curious.  Auden is famous for his love poetry, but he is hard to categorize. "Auden wrote in a voice that addressed readers personally rather than as part of a collective audience. His styles and forms extend from ballads and songs to haiku and limericks to sonnets, sestinas, prose poems, and dozens of other constructions of his own invention.."

Pablo Neruda: All the Odes edited by Ilan Stavans

This bilingual edition (Spanish/English) contains all the odes written by Pablo Neruda, the Chilean poet-diplomat who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1941. Neruda was in his late forties when he committed himself to writing an ode a week and, in the end, wrote 225. Many of these are poems to everyday things like bird migration, clouds, and conger chowder, a favorite soup. Some reflect upon the places he traveled. And others are to experiences like love, finding clarity, and aging. All are about connection from a man who lived in turbulent times.

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Earth Day

Learn more about Colorado National Parks on Earth Day, April 23.  Join us in watching the film Heart of the World at noon on April 23 in Room L-107.  Free popcorn will be provided!  Click on the document below for a printable flier.

Close-Up of Arrowhead Lake at Rocky Mountain National Park Photograph by John Fielder

Fielder, J. (n.d.) Close-Up of Arrowhead Lake 2 [Photograph]. History Colorado, Denver, Colorado, United States.


Library Blog

Come by the Westminster Front Range Library to check out our board of Humorous Quotes.  Here are a few:

"Knowledge is like underwear.  It is useful to have it.  But not necessary to show it off."   Bill Murray

"Of course I talk to myself. I like a good speaker and I appreciate an intelligent audience."  Dorothy Parker

"A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove you don't really need it."  Bob Hope

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