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Michelle L S has commented on (2) products.

Poem a Day #01: Poem a Day: Volume One by Karen Mccosker
Poem a Day #01: Poem a Day: Volume One

Michelle L S, February 19, 2009

It's hard to create a poetry anthology without getting preachy about it, like "these are THE poems of our era." A Poem a Day manages to present a whole treasure trove of classics both known and unknown, and yet the editors stay out of the way, giving the reader the delightful impression s/he is discovering great poems for herself (or himself).

The poems are accessible to those new to poetry but the editors include weightier pieces too, like Gertrude's Prayer by Rudyard Kipling and plenty of Gerard Manely Hopkins. Pithy comments at the bottom of each day's page never tell the reader how to interpret a poem -- instead they include intimate details, like Wendy Cope's own comment on her poem "Giving up Smoking" (something to the effect that people who've never smoked don't understand what an intense love poem it is).

This is hands down my favorite anthology -- we're on our second yearly read-through, and we intend to continue the tradition for decades to come.

-Shelley Schoepflin Sanders
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Aisha's Moonlit Walk: Stories and Celebrations for the Pagan Year by Anika Stafford
Aisha's Moonlit Walk: Stories and Celebrations for the Pagan Year

Michelle L S, December 29, 2008

This simple book is an accessible, inspiring, never-preachy introduction to the traditional holidays of the pagan year. Each story centers around a holiday (e.g., Winter Solstice) and concludes with several thought-provoking questions for discussion. The book has helped our family develop our own holiday traditions.
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