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NHPR Reads: April 2024

It’s National Poetry Month! One of my favorite times of the year! With sunny days ahead, why not settle in some grass (or on your porch) with a few of the NHPR staff’s favorite poems?

If you’re looking to add a bit more poetry to your life (and let’s be honest, we could all use a bit more poetry), here are a few fun ideas:

Send us a note with your favorite poem or poet to voices@nhpr.org. I can’t wait to read your suggestions!  - Zoë

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The Forgetting Curve by Mollie O’Leary

A chapbook published in 2023. Touching collection. Her first publication. - Christine Maurer

Half Light: Collected Poems by Frank Bidart

These poems are gentle and also challenging, sometimes soft and sometimes sexy and sometimes hard. A contemporary master of the form, Bidart is also one of the loveliest people I’ve had the opportunity to meet. - Sara Plourde

The Second Coming by William Butler Yeats

-Andrew Lakowicz

horror movie pitch by Eve L Ewing 

A funny concept that’s really a gut punch. And there’s a part 2! - Jackie Harris

As I Walked Out One Evening by W.H. Auden

I recommend memorizing this poem then muttering it to yourself while walking through crowded sidewalks until you find yourself in some open field or park towards the end. - Jackie Harris

Directed by Desire: The Collected Poems of June Jordan 

Hundreds of poems by one of the most special voices in American poetry! This collection spans decades and includes some previously unpublished writing. - Zoë Kay

The Moon is Always Female by Marge Piercy

She can break your heart with a poem about an overabundance of garden zucchini. Do you really need more convincing than that? - Sara Plourde

[you fit into me]by Margaret Atwood 

Layers of meaning in just four lines! - Jackie Harris

Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

It just transports me to a peaceful place. - Jim Schachter

Love is a Dog from Hell by Charles Bukowski

So many gut punches in this collection. I just love Bukowski. - Zoë Kay

Ariel by Sylvia Plath

Beautiful imagery, prompting visceral memories. - Christine Louis

Lunch Poems by Frank O’Hara

He wrote many of these on the way to/ from lunch, walking the streets of Manhattan. Each line, a gem of delight, wisdom, or both. Start with “A Step Away from Them” and you’ll see what I mean. - Katie Colaneri

NHPR Reads is a blog series published on the second Thursday of the month dedicated to poetry, prose, and everything in between. Follow along for a staff-curated list of what we’re reading that month and read along with us!

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Zoë Kay serves as the Marketing and Event Coordinator for the station. She is focused on working within and alongside the communities of New Hampshire to promote the mission of NHPR.
Sara has been a part of NHPR since 2011. Her work includes data visualizations, data journalism, original stories reported on the web, video, photos and illustrations. She is responsible for the station's visual style and print design, as well as the user experience of NHPR's digital platforms.
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