In the new nonfiction book, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, author Yuval Noah Harari writes, "Yet the truly unique feature of our language is not its ability to transmit information about men and lions. Rather, it’s the ability to transmit information about things that do not exist at all."
Poetry is the best gift we humans have been given. It has brought us out of the swamps, and it can help us get through this disaster and all the others we face.
It's Poetry Month.
Let's celebrate poetry, shall we?
WONDERFUL POETRY FOR CHILDREN
It doesn't have to be these books, but all of these are a great place to start, if you don't know where to begin.
Here's a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry collected by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters and illustrated by Polly Dunbar
My Very First Mother Goose edited by Iona Opie and illustrated by Rosemary Wells
Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young selected by Jack Prelutsky and illustrated by Marc Brown
Hand Rhymes collected and illustrated by Marc Brown
H is for Haiku by Sydell Rosenberg and illustrated by Sawsan Chalabi
Poetry for Young People: William Carlos Williams
Poetry Speaks to Children edited by Elise Paschen
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry edited by Ellmann and O'Clair
Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times edited by Noel Astley
Poetry 180 selected by Billy Collins
WONDERFUL POETRY FOR GROWNUPS
The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry edited by Rita Dove
A Poem a Day edited by Karen McCosker and Nicholas Albery
Good Poems selected by Garrison Keillor
Americans' Favorite Poems: The Favorite Poem Project Anthology
edited by Robert Pinsky and Maggie Dietz
Sailing Alone Around the World: New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins
Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver by Mary Oliver
What would you add to this list? Do you have other favorite books of poetry that I have missed? I'd love to hear your recommendations.