Byrd’s Books welcomes Bethel’s First Poet Laureate

Please join us for a celebration on Saturday November 10th at 6:30pm honoring Bethel’s first Poet Laureate, Corney Davis. We will hear from the finalists in an informal evening of poetry.
The evening is early enough to go out to dinner in Bethel, should you choose to do so.
Light refreshments will be served and Cortney’s books will be available for sale.

The Spring Poetry Series at Byrd’s Books

Byrd’s Books winds up our Spring Poetry Series on May 18th-  we found we needed the inspiration that only poetry can bring- join us and be enriched!

 

May 18th at 7:00pm:   

POETS: Amy Nawrocki, Cortney Davis, Emily Carney and  Jerry Brooker
To register for May 18th,  click here.

These events are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase.

Registers of Illuminated Villages

By Tarfia Faizullah.

“Tarfia Faizullah is a poet of brave and unflinching vision.” —Natasha Trethewey

Somebody is always singing. Songs
were not allowed. Mother said,
Dance and the bells will sing with you.
I slithered. Glass beneath my feet. I
locked the door. I did not
die. I shaved my head. Until the horns
I knew were there were visible.
Until the doorknob went silent.

—from “100 Bells”

Registers of Illuminated Villages is Tarfia Faizullah’s highly anticipated second collection, following her award-winning debut, Seam. Faizullah’s new work extends and transforms her powerful accounts of violence, war, and loss into poems of many forms and voices—elegies, outcries, self-portraits, and larger-scale confrontations with discrimination, family, and memory. One poem steps down the page like a Slinky; another poem responds to makeup homework completed in the summer of a childhood accident; other poems punctuate the collection with dark meditations on dissociation, discipline, defiance, and destiny; and the near-title poem, “Register of Eliminated Villages,” suggests illuminated texts, one a Qur’an in which the speaker’s name might be found, and the other a register of 397 villages destroyed in northern Iraq. Faizullah is an essential new poet whose work only grows more urgent, beautiful, and—even in its unsparing brutality—full of love.

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Bullets into Bells: Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence

By Brian Clements. A powerful call to end American gun violence from celebrated poets and those most impacted, including a foreword by Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly and an introduction by Colum McCann, published on the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting. Original.

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Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver

By Mary Oliver.

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An Afternoon of Poetry

In celebration of poetry and poets, please join us for a very special afternoon of poetry readings on Saturday December 9th at 4:00pm.

Some of the poets attending, so far, are: David K. Leff, Phillip Lu, Lisa Schwartz, Sydney Eddison, and more to come!

Light refreshments will be served.

To save a spot, click HERE.

 

The Sun and Her Flowers

By Rupi Kaur. From Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of milk and honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry.  A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring one’s roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself.

Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.

this is the recipe of life
said my mother
as she held me in her arms as i wept
think of those flowers you plant
in the garden each year
they will teach you
that people too
must wilt
fall
root
rise
in order to bloom

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Milk and Honey

By Rupi Kaur. #1 New York Times bestseller Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.

The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. Milk and Honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

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Felicity: Poems

FelicityBy Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, celebrates love in her new collection of poems.

If I have any secret stash of poems, anywhere, it might be about love, not anger, Mary Oliver once said in an interview. Finally, in her stunning new collection, Felicity, we can immerse ourselves in Oliver s love poems. Here, great happiness abounds.

Our most delicate chronicler of physical landscape, Oliver has described her work as loving the world. With Felicity she examines what it means to love another person. She opens our eyes again to the territory within our own hearts; to the wild and to the quiet. In these poems, she describes with joy the strangeness and wonder of human connection.

As in Blue Horses, Dog Songs, and A Thousand Mornings, with Felicity Oliver honors love, life, and beauty.

Insomnia: Poems

InsomniaInsomnia: Poems
By Linda Pastan

These poems chart the journeys of sleepless nights when whole lifetimes seem to pass with their stories: loves lost and gained; children and seasons in their phases; and the world beyond, both threatening and enriching life. The time before sleep acts as an invitation to reflect on the world’s quieter movements from gardens heavy after a first storm to the moon slipping into darkness in an eclipse as well as on the subtle but relentless passage of time. Insomnia embodies Linda Pastan’s graceful and iconic voice, both lucid and haunting.

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