Poetry for April

April is poetry month, so this month’s featured books are poetry. Two have a local connection.

The Essential Richard Outram is a selection of poems, some of which were published previously and some of which appear in print for the first time. Outram has been called “a poet’s poet”. The back cover describes his work as “by turns bawdy and decorous, sensual and ascetic”. The collection was edited by Amanda Jernigan, a scholar who lived for a time in Sackville.

Looking into Trees, by the late Douglas Lochhead, illustrated with black and white details from paintings by the Sackville poet’s brother Kenneth Lochhead, takes as its overarching theme memory without regret and joy in the present moment. Reflective, written in old age, the poems collected here still look out at life in a mood of celebration.

Voices in the Waterfall by Cree poet Beth Cuthand is, like Lochhead’s Looking into Trees, divided into four linked sections, each section loosely linked in theme or tone, providing structure to the greater whole.

This is only a selection of the poetry in the library. Over on the children’s side, we have poetry by A.A. Milne, Sheree Fitch, Shel Silverstein, and many more. Come explore!