by Bradley, Bookseller
As it happens, this year National Poetry Month is coinciding with an international health crisis, asking those of us who are able to stay home and try to limit the spread of the virus. A month normally marked by the onset of spring (which is still, somehow, happening) as well as readings and public celebrations of poetry now sees us confined to our houses and only the bare necessities. But that doesn't mean we can't take a moment to bring a little poetry into our lives all the same!
Poems are not the antidote to suffering, but they are a place we can go when we need to exit the non-stop barrage of language from governments, television news, and social media. Poems ask us to slow down, to notice the blue jay hopping on the sidewalk after a long day's rain. They are not medicine, or the promise that things will be okay. But they can briefly remind us to breathe. Here are a few of my favorite books of poems that I turn to when I need that reminder.