April is POETRY MONTH: My Top Poetry Books – Part 1

                 zorgamazoo   tears    sun      dark sons   


Poetry is a form of art.        

Words created from the heart.  

So take some time and have a look

At some of my favourite poetry books.

Did you know that April is Poetry Month? According to poets.ca, Poetry Month was “established in Canada in April 1998 by the League of Canadian Poets (LCP)”* and this “year marks the 17th anniversary of National Poetry Month in Canada”**.

I had a hard time ranking these books because I like them all equally. So here is PART 1 of the list in no particular order.

1)       Zorgamzoo by Robert Paul Weston

This is a Narrative Poem written for children. I listened to it on audio tape which was read by Alan Cumming. He does such a wonderful job with accents that it made listening an enjoyable experience. This book is meant to be read aloud. Children (and those who are children at heart) will like the adventure of young Katrina Katrell and her zorgle monster Morty.

2)        Tears for Water by Alicia Keys

Songwriters are poets and in this book Alicia Keys demonstrates just that. This is a collection of her poems and original songs. Her poems in this book are strong and you can clearly hear her voice in them. My particular favourite poems are “When Gone is the Glory” and “P.O.W. (Prisoner of Words)”.

When gone is the glory/ When gone is the sun/ When gone is the game/ Then what have you won?

3)       A Cup of Sun by Joan Walsh Anglund

At one of the public library’s used book sales I found this thin little yellow book and was surprised to discover the loveliness found inside. The poems in this book are very short, but they highlight truths and the simple things in life.

There us only one doorway/ into Forever…/and Death keeps the only key.   (Pg. 35)

4)        Dark Sons by Nikki Grimes

This is another narrative poem about two boys having a difficult time with their fathers’ life choice. The poem is told through the alternating POVs and time periods. In the present day, we follow Sam who is reeling from the fact that his devout father leaves his mother and him for another woman. To top it off he has to deal with the entrance of a new sibling. The second perspective comes from Ishmael, the son of the Abraham and Hagar, in the Bible. His story parallels Sam’s in that he had deal with jealousy, disappointment with his own father and also the introduction of a new sibling (Issac). I applaud Grimes’ ability to portray the voice of each character in this mode of writing.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of My Top Poetry Books.



* National Poetry Month 2015. Retrieved from http://poets.ca/programs-2/reading-programs/national-poetry-month/.

** Ibid