Poems of Connection and Joy
by Edited by James Crews
Readers may be drawn to this collection by both its title and the book’s cover. Those who enjoyed the first collection curated by Mr. Crews, How to Love the World, will welcome this second compilation.
Many of the entries in this book are about every day life. For example, there is Angela Narciso Torres who writes about a Chore. A brief quote:
My friend turns everything into prayer. Sweeping the leaves, shaving his beard, washing dishes-
The editor reflects on this poem and how it “teaches us to transform ordinary tasks of our lives into generosity.” If a reader is drawn in by this perspective, they should give this book a look.
Some of the more well-known contributors to this book include Julia Alvarez and Ross Gay. Most of the writers were not previously known to me however.
Along with the poems, there are sections called “Reflective Pauses.” These give context to some of the entries and invite a bit of contemplation on the reader’s part.
This book is a generous compendium. About 100 poems are included here.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.
This title will be published in April 2022.