Living Poetry Book Club

The Living Poetry Book Club consists of a small group of members who meet roughly 10 times a year on Sunday afternoons to discuss poetry collections, anthologies or poetic craft. Members take turn selecting the books and hosting the book club discussions in their homes. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact Bartholomew Barker.

This is the list of books we have read so far:


February 2018: Seeing Things by Seamus Heaney
January 2018: Incarnadine by Mary Szybist


November 2017: Book of My Nights by Li-Young Lee
October 2017: American Purgatory by Rebecca Gayle Howell
August 2017: The Art of Recklessness by Dean Young (craft)
June 2017: Otherwise by Jane Kenyon
May 2017: The Stairwell by Michael Longley
April 2017: Application for Release from the Dream by Tony Hoagland
Feb 2017: Solarium by Jordan Zandi
Jan 2017: Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay


Dec 2016: Voyage of the Sable Venus by Robin Coste Lewis – deep dive
Nov 2016: Voyage of the Sable Venus by Robin Coste Lewis
Sep 2016: Looking for the Gulf Motel by Richard Blanco
Aug 2016:  Common Man by Maurice Manning
July 2016: The Art of Description by Mark Doty
May 2016: Book of Men by Darianne Laux
April 2016: Delights & Shadows by Ted Kooser
March 2016: Compass Rose by Arthur Sze
February 2016: Faithful and Virtuous Night by Louise Glueck
January 2016: Reel to Reel by Alan Shapiro


December 2015: Small Gods of Grief by Laure-Anne Bosselaar
November 2015: A Stranger’s Mirror by Marilyn Hacker
September 2015: The Gift by Hafiz
August 2015: Black Zodiac by Charles Wright
July: The Citizen by Claudia Rankine
May 2015: Darkness Spoken: Collected Poems by Ingeborg Bachmann
April 2015: The Flexible Lyric by Ellen Bryant Voigt (poetic craft)
March 2015: The Selected Poetry of Yehuda Amichai (newly revised and expanded edition)
January 2015: Fire To fire by Mark Doty


November 2014: Tender Spot by Naomi Shihab Nye
September 2014: Collected Poems by Robert Hayden
June 2014: Selected Poems by Yevgeny Yevtushenko
May 2014: Love Poems by Pablo Neruda
April 2014: Poems by Maya Angelou
March 2014: Breath by Philip Levine
February 2014: The Insistence of Beauty by Stephen Dunn
January 2014: The Sounds of Poetry by Robert Pinsky (Poetic craft)


December 2013: Native Guard by Natasha Trethewey (Poet Laureate)
November 2013: Time and Materials by Robert Hass
October 2013: New and Collected Poems, 1931-2001 by Czeslaw Milosz (International poet)
September 2013: Complete Poems, 1904-1962 by e.e. cummings
June 2013: The Really Short Poems of A.R. Ammons by A.R. Ammons (North Carolina Poet)
May 2013: Bewilderment by David Ferry (National Book Award Winner)
April 2013: The Wellspring by Sharon Olds
March 2013: Shakespeare’s Sonnets by William Shakespeare
February 2013: Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton, 1965-2010 by Lucille Clifton
January 2013: A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver (Poetic craft)


December 2012: Thrall by Natasha Trethewey (Poet Laureate)
November 2012: Head Off and Split by Nikki Finney (National Book Award Winner)
September & October 2012: Penguin Anthology of Twentieth Century Poetry
June 2012: Poems by Emily Dickinson: Three Series, Complete by Emily Dickinson
May 2012: Essential Rumy by Rumi
April 2012: Half-Finished Heaven by Tomas Tranströmer (Nobel Laureate)
March 2012: The Book of Questions by Pablo Neruda
February 2012: Vice: New and Selected Poems by Ai
January 2012: The Art of the Poetic Line by James Longenbach (Poetic craft)


December 2011: Fire to Fire by Mark Doty
November 2011: What the Living Do by Marie Howe
October 2011: The Selected Levis by Larry Levis
September 2011: The Best Of It by Kay Ryan
June 2011: Complete Poems by Elizabeth Bishop
May2011: The Book Of Men by Dorianne Laux
April 2011: Poems by Nazim Hikmet
March 2011: Lighthead by Terrance Hayes (National Book Award Winner)
February 2011: Poems by Anna Akhmatova


December 2010: Selected Poems by Denise Levertov
November 2010: Selected Poems by Frank O’Hara
October 2010: Ballistics by Billy Collins
September 2010: Selected Poems by Theodore Roethke
August 2010: After by Jane Hirshfield


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