Thursday, December 8, 2011

(Mini) Review: Poetry to Heal Your Blues

Title: Poetry to Heal Your Blues
Author: Marilyn Hacker
Genre: Poetry
My Rating: ★★★★★


Marilyn Hacker’s compilation of poems lives up to its title. Poetry to Heal Your Blues is indeed a first-class ticket to a concert of poets from all corners of the globe, their voices blending to produce a resonating harmony that can lift up anyone’s moods. The renowned literary gems produced by Emily Dickinson, John Keats, E.E. Cummings, Robert Graves, Robert Frost, and Percy Bysshe Shelley can be found in this collection, but there are also those that I’ve read for the first time, like Li-Young Lee’s “The hammock,” Yusef Komunyakaa’s “Ecstatic,” and Adam Zagajewski’s “Try to Praise the Mutilated World.” The cast is amazingly exquisite.

The preface is thought-provoking in its own way. Hacker introduces the little tome with an etymology of the word "blues," and how it relates to the poems inside. I liked how right she was about the power of words and of the littlest things in life that we often take for granted.The poems touch these themes, offering effective substitutes and remedies for ruefulness and sadness.

While this book can be read in one sitting, I think it’s also enjoyable to read this poem-of-the-day style. I mean, you can’t beat your daily breakfast with fine poetry as a side dish, and nothing’s more calming than a few bits of literary goodness before your trip to dreamland. :) Every piece is beautiful in their own way.

I wish there are more volumes of this.

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