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Check It Out: Wax poetic on poetry volumes

The Columbian

April is full of poetry

Couplet, sonnet, elegy

Free verse, haiku, villanelle

Rhyming or not, all is well

You might be a poet

And just not know it

I am not a poet

And I certainly know it

A column in verse?

It could be worse.

I could write it in code

But how to decode?

No more rhyming, I promise. Celebrate National Poetry Month by checking out one or more of these newly published volumes of poetry available at the library.

  • “Above Ground: Poems” by Clint Smith.
  • “The Best American Poetry 2022” series editor David Lehman.
  • “Chrome Valley: Poems” by Mahogany L. Browne.
  • “Couplets: A Love Story” by Maggie Millner.
  • “The Hurting Kind: Poems” by Ada Limon.
  • “Poetry Unbound: 50 Poems to Open Your World” by Padraig O Tuama.
  • “Weaving Sundown in a Scarlet Light: Fifty Poems for Fifty Years” by Joy Harjo.

Jan Johnston is the collection development coordinator for the Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries. Email her at readingforfun@fvrl.org.