Frank Watson’s poetry collection The Dollhouse Mirror is a beautifully crafted journey through the whimsical. Each poem invites the reader to step into a dark fantasy world ruled by the abstract—in each one, the subject is never identified beyond using words such as “she,” “you,” or even “the little girl,” all of which is designed to make you think about the message Watson is trying to convey. Much of his fantastical imagery is based off Tarot cards, so the archetypal metaphors found within his work make it easy for the reader to easily insert themselves into the poem and get wrapped up in the rich language.
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Momoko Kuroda’s English poetry début I Wait for the Moon features one hundred of her haikus that gives new readers an excellent introduction to her work. Her pieces explore Japan’s postwar identity, muse on the pros and cons of nuclear politics, and finally, give new meaning to Fukushima. While her themes are central to Japan, her work is a fantastic way to see how Kuroda’s grown as a poet over the years and explore topics that are often ignored outside Japan.
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Billy Collins, one of America’s most acclaimed poets, sat down with PBS News Hour to discuss his new poetry collection, Aimless Love, and how he brings humor to a medium that isn’t particularly known for its humor. The former Poet Laureate begins by admitting that when he was younger he took poetry more seriously and didn’t allow a sense of fun in his work because he believed that all poets were miserable. But he later adds that writing funny poems is also quite difficult because you have to make sure that your poetry sounds authentic. After all, you can’t pretend to be funny! Whether you’re a long-time fan of poetry or just starting to read different poets, Billy Collins’ interview is both amusing and inspiring, proving that not all poetry has to be about tortured artists.
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