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The TBR List: Approaching Poetry

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Last night, Caryn and I attended the 40th birthday celebration of Minneapolis-based Graywolf Press. It was an evening of culture, appreciation and beauty. The event was at the astounding headquarters of The Poetry Foundation in downtown Chicago, a beautiful, serene space made all the more wonderful by being nestled quietly into our urban sprawl.

From the street, The Poetry Foundation space looks modern — and it is. But as you mount the low, wide steps and pass beyond the outer wall, you enter an open, peaceful space dotted with trees and offering a peek into the expanse of poetry volumes packed into the glass-encased library. It felt like a different, better universe in there. I hope to go back soon.

Three Graywolf poets — all women! — shared selections from their recent books and managed to cover a large swath of the spectrum of emotions. There was grief, anger, resentment. There was humor, absurdity, self-deprecation. Take a moment to check out the works of the highly talented Katie Ford, Matthea Harvey and Claudia Rankine

I've always been intimidated by poetry but I'm trying to push myself out of my comfort zone and I'm glad I did with this event. Do you ever feel that way?


- My favorite book of the year made it onto the National Book Award longlist!

- This 14-year-old makes amazing food videos.

- Author photo back stories.

- Chocolate chip and peanut butter cup cookies. (I made some. Nom.)

- This year's literary geniuses.

- Useful doesn't have to equal ugly.

- There's a new Kindle out but I don't think I'll be upgrading mine. No need.

- Meatless Monday doesn't have to be a big deal. Even in schools.

- The most highlighted passages from classic books.

- Pizza-sized peanut butter cup.

- I need these socks.

"The Book of Unknown Americans" by Cristina Henríquez & Tres Leches Cake

"The Book of Unknown Americans" by Cristina Henríquez & Tres Leches Cake